August 9, 2020
~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
“America! America! To Glory Arise”
is a very new (and very old) hymn to our country, with lyrics by Charles Coe, set to a 19th-century tune by Matilda T. Durham, one of the first female hymn writers in America, and harmonized by me, Julia Scott Carey.

It was premiered on Sunday, August 2nd, 2020, at the Central Square Congregational Church in Bridgewater, with me accompanying James Dargan, baritone, as part of our "Voices of Justice" service. The full program is available here. The bulletin may be downloaded here, so you can see the titles and program notes.
I love American music and history, and I spend many hours looking through old American hymnals searching for hidden treasures. I fell in love with Matilda T. Durham’s virtually unknown hymn tune “Star of Columbia” the first time I played through it (Columbia is an obsolete nickname for our country, which is used in many old hymns). It’s powerful and yet lyrical, primarily pentatonic with soaring melodicism.

The original lyrics were written by Timothy Dwight IV, a president of Yale, as well as an author and minister. The lyrics had some lovely aspects, especially the opening line “America! America! To glory arise” (originally “Columbia” instead of “America”), which I loved because it was a call to action. However, the lyrics were also littered with gender stereotypes, American exceptionalism, and pro-colonialism. Furthermore, in spite of Dr. Dwight’s many accomplishments (and the fact that a residential college at Yale still bears his and his grandson’s names), I discovered that he owned a slave, and reading the original contract he wrote upon the purchasing of the slave was nauseating. I didn’t feel that his words could adequately express the seeking of glory by our country in this modern era.
I commissioned Charles Coe to write new lyrics for this hymn, keeping the opening line “America! America! To glory arise” as a tribute to the original, but exploring new ways our country could look towards glory in its future. I felt that the symbolism of replacing the words of a slaveholder with those of a contemporary Black American poet was emblematic of the search for glory in our country’s new awakening. Charles Coe’s brilliant and beautiful words capture the emotions of the original text, but with the hope and honesty of an America looking towards a new dawn in this turbulent new decade. His lyrics speak of the power of nature, the promise of our children’s tomorrows, the need for all people to be freed from want, and the search for unity. In the final verse, the poetry switches from the third-person description of the dream of America’s future, to a first-person description of the speaker waking to a world where choirs of all possible hues join their voices together. I can’t imagine any more meaningful words for Charles Coe to end his poem on, as it is my sincerest wish that we will all awake from this current dream, and find ourselves amongst diverse choirs lifting their voices to the skies, singing of the triumph of unity and equity and hope.
Julia Scott Carey ~ Minister of Music, Central Square Congregational Church
New England Conservatory Preparatory School; Harvard-New England Conservatory joint degree program, master’s degree in composition and a second master’s degree in collaborative piano, Boston University. Julia is one of the accompanists for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Choir. She also serves as the accompanist for the Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline, the Dedham Choral Society, the Boston College University Chorale, and the Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus. 
Lyrics by Charles Coe
Tune by Matilda T Durham
James Dargan, baritone, accompanied by Julia Scott Carey as part of the "Voices of Justice" service, Central Square Congregational Church in Bridgewater
America! America! To glory arise,
Sing justice, sing freedom, and sing to the skies.
Be always a beacon of welcoming light,
Bring comfort to all on the darkest of nights
Be always a land where the spirit may soar,
Safe harbor and peace on a welcoming shore
Where children are honored and guided with love,
Protected and cherished as gifts from above
Where trees in their splendor, so proud and so tall,
Shall carpet the forest with gold in the fall;
Where thunderous rivers shall nourish the land,
With God’s bounty tended by proud farmers’ hands
A bounty our neighbors shall always hold dear,
The specter of hunger shall never draw near
Then America shall truly her glory find,
When her people are freed from want and worry’s bind.
I woke from deep slumber and greeted the morn,
Heard voices proclaiming a new day is born.
A day when all people shall gather in song,
I lifted my voice with the jubilant throng
A choir of every possible hue,
Proclaiming in voices so strong and so true
America America! To glory arise,
Sing justice, sing freedom, and sing to the skies.
Historical Tidbit:
The Great River
"The Great River, after receiving the waters of the Winnetuxet from Plympton, and of the Namasket from Middleborough, is commonly called Titicut River, but from Titicut to the sea is called Taunton Great River.  There are several other small mill seats in various parts of the Town, on the minor brooks and rivulets, which afford sufficient water for them in many instances during the winter and spring seasons.
Taunton River is called great only in comparison with its branches and tributaries, but is nevertheless large enough, even so high up as the south parish of Bridgewater, as to admit of ship building. Vessels of near one hundred and fifty tons were formerly built there, and carried down in time of freshets."
From: History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater by Nahum Mitchell

The Search For An Internship During COVID

By Sasha Rockwell When my Junior year at Bridgewater State University started in the Fall of 2019, I knew it was the perfect time to take advantage of learning opportunities on and off-campus. But I didn't expect it to go the way it did.

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Writing Internships available at the BuzzAround
Academy Building Municipal Offices
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Mon - Thur 8a - 4p, Fri 8a - 1p Services available through phone, email & website only
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Public Library
15 South Street
Mon - Wed 9a - 8p 
Thurs 10a - 5p, Fri & Sat 10a - 2p
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
The Bridgewater Senior Center is closed to the public. However, the following services will continue: Meals on Wheels and medical appointment/grocery store transportation services.
Food Pantry
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Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 8 p
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Community Voting Campaign Results

Bridgewater Savings is excited to announce the results of their community voting campaign, donating a total of $2,000 to five local organizations. A total of 7,556 votes were entered overall and the money will be distributed based on the number of likes each organization received. The following donations will be awarded: Angels in America - $1,614, Heidrea For Heroes - $22, House of Possibilities - $52, Mollie's Annual Massachusetts Vest A Dog fundraiser - $160, and New Hope, Inc. - $152.
Thank you to all who participated!

Wally is joining @MassGovernor & @MassDPH
to keep Massachusetts safe. It’s time to #MaskUpMA! Wally video on Twitter!
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Local baker Jordana Decastro would like to invite all to like her page on Instagram. @beesweet.desserts
She's mom of 3 and needs to help her husband with the bills. Her specialties are sweet treats from Brazil. She uses love and a lot of condensed milk.
Please, if you wanna try some of her sweets feel free to contact her.
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Thank you!
Father and Son at Lake Nippenicket

Zach Stovall took this photo on July 21st at Lake Nippenicket of a father and son fishing in front of a sunset.

Photo credits: Zach Stovall
Story credit: Sasha Rockwell
Bridgewater COA Top of the Hill Newsletter

The Senior Center Van schedule:
Market Basket - Tuesday & Wednesday
Walmart - Every Third Wednesday
New! Medical Appointment Mondays
Please call us for details and to sign up
508-697-0929. No more than 5 people per trip.

Is it safe to go to the grocery store?
Try to minimize visits outside of your home. The biggest risk factor is being around other people. If you shop outside of your home, wear a mask, & maintain a 6 foot buffer around yourself. It’s hard to maintain a safe distance from cashiers, so use self-checkout and hand sanitizer when possible.

A VOLUNTEER is available to shop for you. Please call or email us to be connected 508-697-0929
-Dance Plan -Summer, 2020-
-Bridgewater Senior Center Parking Lot-
Free dance session: Please join us!
Friday, August 21st
(If sufficient interest and success, perhaps continue into September and meet on some Saturday afternoons, once or twice during the month, from 4:00-5:00p)
Please let me know if you are coming.
Hoping this will work!

  1. Dancing will be in the main, front parking lot of the Senior Center. Dancers would be safely spaced by using the existing parking spaces and cone markers, each dancer in a parking space (room for about 20-25) or at a marker, thus forming an oval.
  2. Considering that we would be properly distanced and outdoors, masks may not be necessary while dancing.
  3. The dance program would include circle (mostly international folk dances) and line dances, with no touching or interaction between dancers. 
  4. There will be no bathroom facilities available, (the building will be closed) and dancers need to bring their own drinks. (Maybe bring a lawn chair, if you want to rest.)
  5. Cars should be parked in the gravel area to the right of the usual parking area.
  6. Any socializing/chatter, etc., should be limited to three or four people, all with masks on and all properly distanced.
  7. Dance cancelled if excessive heat, rain or threat of rain.
Shelter, Place, Social, Distance
Contemporary Dialogues from the Permanent Collection
Exhibit Showing Now Through November 22, 2020 
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 10:00a – 5:00 p for the month of August

High Resolution Images are available via Dropbox here
“The long path from material through purpose to creative work has only a single goal: To create order out of the godforsaken confusion of our time.” —Mies van der Rohe, Not at Home, 1938
Since the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption around the world, from economic uncertainty to national public health emergencies to mandated quarantines. As the global community struggled to make sense of it all, an explosion of new words and phrases emerged. This pervasive terminology—shelter in place, social distancing, flatten the curve, PPE, and more—offered a practical shorthand with which to frame the rapidly changing world and united us through shared cultural touch points.
While many terms are inextricably associated with the pandemic, certain words, when decontextualized, represent recurring themes in contemporary craft. In this regard, Shelter, Place, Social, Distance: Contemporary Dialogues from the Permanent Collection adopts the COVID-19 lexicon as a conceptual springboard for exploring how the universal subjects of home, place, community, and distance are represented in Fuller Craft Museum’s permanent collection. 
Fuller Craft Museum is honored to present these extraordinary objects as we welcome visitors back to our galleries following the COVID-19-related museum shutdown. Like all great works of art, the forms invigorate our understanding of the times in which we live.
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Falls Prevention Exercises from Bridgewater Council on Aging

Exercise 1 – chair sit to stand
Sit in a sturdy, stable chair with arms. From a standing position, reach back to the armrests to use as a
guide and extra support and slowly sit down in the
chair. Be sure to use the leg muscles and not drop
down into the chair.

Then, use both legs and arms (pushing down on armrests) together to stand up. Then, pause for a moment. Repeat. Work toward a goal of 10 repetitions, feeling steady and confident the whole time.
If that becomes too easy, increase the intensity by
using only one hand. The next level after that is to
keep arms crossed in front of chest and not use
them at all.

For extra safety, especially when first starting
these exercises, keep another sturdy chair in front
in case your older adult loses balance or feels
weak while doing the exercise.

Exercise 2 – marching in place
Hold on to a sturdy chair back or a counter top.

Stand with good posture and bring knees up to-
ward the chest, like marching in place.

Do this slowly and deliberately, using muscles
instead of momentum.

Aim for 10 knee raises for each leg, or 20 marching steps
New Bestsellers Available Now

What’s this? It’s a cart of NEW BESTSELLERS! Which book do you want to read? James Patterson and Danielle Steel are a couple of new books just processed. Place books on hold with your SAILS library card!
Storybear gets around!

Have you been watching Storybear during story time on our YouTube channel?  This week after story time he went on a picnic with some of his other story time friends! Telling stories sure does make him hungry. Make sure you keep watching all our library friends!

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Diane Edgecomb presents
"Folktale Superheroes"

Celebrate imagination and the human spirit with superhero tales from cultures around the world.  Anansi, the entertaining Spider God from Africa, has web-spinning adventures just like Spiderman.  Jack’s hilarious adventure in Ireland takes on a sweet new twist when he gets dancing bugs instead of beans and Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales.
Funded by the Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Thank You Cert Team!

Bridgewater Fire Department would like to thank their CERT Team for taking the time to check in with the residents at Hemlock Drive and Heritage Circle on July 27th. They had 10 team members who volunteered to go door to door to check in with the residents during this extreme heat. Thank you for all you do for our community!

Working hard to make patients comfortable & healthy!

Physical distancing • spaced appointments
• bacterial cleaning between patients. 

Take care of yourself – See your chiropractor today!
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The 2020 Census is happening now.

You can respond online, by phone, or by mail.
Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and Bridgewater each year. They support senior services too!

If you have not responded to the 2020 federal census we encourage you to do so ASAP. The census provides population information which reflects where the billions of dollars in funds are distributed for critical social services, education and infrastructure.

Participation in the federal census therefore has real fiscal consequences for our community. If you need assistance completing the census online, please call Bridgewater Council On Aging at 508-697-0929 and they can assist you.
Fill out the Census Here

By law, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. That's protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.

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In home and in studio sessions available

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Find YOUR bliss at Bliss Through Yoga!

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Books For Brockton: Brockton Public Library organized by ...

Join me in making a real difference. Brockton Public Library provides access to educational & cultural programs and resources to the greater Brockton Area, free!!! Brockton Library Foundation ... taking this a step further ... is giving away...

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Stepping up Brockton Book Drive. 

Thursday nights in September we will have pick up spots in the Bridgewater area, making it easy for Bridgewater local folks to drop of their slightly used books ~ time to start cleaning out your shelves! ~ or make a donation please!

Redemption Month

Have empty nickel-deposit bottles and cans piling up that could be redeemed? Consider cashing them in all through the month of August, and donating the money to Central Square Congregational Church! Set up a jar on your counter, and every time you redeem your bottles and cans, just drop the cash in the jar. At the end of August, you’ll have built up a nice little, and much needed, donation. You can even ask your family, friends, and neighbors to participate. 
Have kids? They can go to their neighborhood friends with their wagon and collect even more! These funds will help with ongoing expenses that the church incurs even while the building is still closed, while also helping you to clear some clutter. 
You can drop a check in the mail anytime during the month of August, payable to Central Square Church with "bottle redemption" in the memo line (71 Central Square, Bridgewater). Or, you can wait for our bottle and can donation day at the end of August and bring all the cash in your jar! Stop by the side door on Church Street on Monday, August 31st any time between 9a & 12 noon (with your mask on, of course!) and drop off your cash or check donation through the window.

Contact the church office at or 508-697-6016 with questions.
Located in the heart of Bridgewater center, CSCC is home to the Bridgewater Food Pantry, as well as local recovery groups, scout meetings, special community events, and more.
STAND UP Speech 

Representatives of the Mattakeeset Tribe of the Massachuseuk Indian Nation as well as other Tribes spoke in Bridgewater Center last Saturday. Their speech was followed up with a homecoming ceremony at Titicut.
They were guests at our Historical Commission Meeting on Tuesday where we have begun to plan how to properly record the events in The Town’s history.

Fred Clark on Returning to School and Social Justice

Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi Interviews Bridgewater State University President Fred Clark to discuss the safe return to Hybrid classes in the Fall; Jabbar and Fred also have a candid discussion on Social Justice and How BSU has joined the movement.

You can watch online and download a copy by clicking here:
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Historical Tidbit Question:
What is the Great River also known as?

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On August 12, 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, & Kayla Rose.
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On being a social entrepreneur...
As the COVID crisis affects our collective financial stability. Folks are turning to the entrepreneurial life, and so here are my thoughts on being a social entrepreneur:
*I enjoy every piece of my job. Every day, everything I do. I get to spend each day writing & talking about the positive things all of you are doing. Your good stories never end!
*I formulate my life according to my own value system. What products I use, who I contract with, what impact I have on the environment & society. 
*I decide when to work and when not to. 
And here are quotes from other voices: 
"To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.” ~ Catherine Cook
 "It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” ~Scott Belsky
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” ~Steve Martin
“Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” ~Oprah Winfrey
One last reason I enjoy being an entrepreneur: I am responsible for my own success and failure. *
*This is because I am able to work within society's frame for a white middle-class educated female. Financial problem solving has been done with MUCH MUCH MUCH help from my community’s tightly woven safety net. During the BuzzAround’s formative years, my family and I accessed the food pantry; informal and formal groups to provide funds for after-school programs, Christmas gifts, Thanksgiving & Easter meals and school supplies. There were also state programs to assist with childcare costs and healthcare. Now we are well on our way to providing for ourselves. The gratitude I feel is overwhelming.
 I also recognize there are many, many Americans that have similar challenges and do not have access to such a tightly woven net because of their skin color. That's not the America I believe in. We need to be able, as a country, to extend our hand and weave our net. 
It is with that love for a just society and for each other that your BuzzAround will keep sharing our good news. News of love. That is how the BuzzAround fulfills our mission as a social entrepreneurship. 

Thank you, dear reader, for all you do in the work of community building. Together, we weave. ~ Jacquie