January 5, 2020 ~ Building East Bridgewater Community One Positive Story at a Time
If I'm going to jump in freezing cold water... I at least need a parade of bagpipes....
We called it Baptism-By-Ice because there was something deeply spiritual about this event. 
New Years, immersion, overcoming fear, communal support to achieve the goal... as wacky a goal as it may be... we are born anew.

The Union Congregational Church roof needs fixing...house and home to EB Food Pantry, Sew Much Love, BSA Scout Troop 29, Bell Choir and an active church family, we have started this fund for a job that will cost us over $20,000. Please contribute what you can:
Happy New Year.
As fundraisers go, this was pretty challenging, mentally & physically.

But I loved it. I loved it because my son Stephen Kelley and Sam Rando joined me without a moments hesitation. Young adults I have known since "foreva," Steve & Sam feel a sense of belonging to Union Congregational and were happy to jump in freezing water to bring attention to needed roof repair.
I loved it because there was something beautifully spiritual about purifying in icy water to mark the New Year. There were plenty of souls on that beach who felt the same way...from commemorating 20 years sober to overcoming cancer, they were there, and everyone had a story.

I loved it because it was wacky enough to talk about easily, and lets face it... I love wacky.

The 40 degree, sunny day made it bearable, but the weeks and days prior were brutal: 19 degrees, I thought, "it could be like this".. frozen rain, I thought, "it could be like this."

But this is what love looks like, sometimes it's messy, sometimes it's painful, but even when its cold, you're not alone, that's when you know it's real. ~ Jacquie Rose
Historical Tidbit:
Cattle on the Common

A horse or a cow was an important prized possession. 
In February of 1660, the (Old) Bridgewater Township passed an ordinance requiring cattle to be marked by their owner: "It is enacted by the town that all cattle that goeth upon the common 'til a midsummer day whether it be their own or other folks are to be rated for." 

Folks registered their brands with the town for security. An example from the 1670 town records: "The mark of the cattle of John Ames, Sr., being a slitt in the topp of the right eare."
This was enacted as a law so that all animals grazing on the town common could be easily identified.
Information from the 
East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Book
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Town Hall
175 Central St 508-378-1601
Mon 8:30a - 8p
Tues - Thurs 8:30a - 4:30p; Fri 8:30a - noon

E. Bridgewater Public Library
32 Union St 508-378-1616
Mon & Tues 9 - 8 ; Wed, Thurs, Fri 9 - 5
Saturday 9 - 2 

Council on Aging 
355 Plymouth St 508-378-1610
Mon 8a - 6p
Tues - Thurs 8a - 4p
Fri 8a - noon  

Food Pantries
Union Congregational Church
105 Pleasant St
2nd Wednesday from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm and last Saturday from 9:30 am - 11:00 am

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
St. John's Catholic Church
210 Center St EB
(508) 378-3760
Distribution 1st & 3rd Monday of Each Month

Community Meal
Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30pm open to all.
A donation is appreciated.
United Methodist Church 54 N. Central St E. Bridgewater
Melissa Peters
 won a
Jump Start Training Package including
nutrition consultation & 6 free sessions from Get In Shape For Women at
180 Winter St, Bridgewater
Value: $140

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
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Placing Wreaths at the National Cemetery in Bourne
Pictured left to right Sergeant Mike Mclaughlin, Officer Richard Eldredge (Staff Sergeant US Air Force retired), Officer Mike Randall (Sergeant US Army now active National Guard) in the back ground Jacob McLaughlin, not pictured but present Sergeant Michael Jenkins and Detective David Perrault (US Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class retired).
REMEMBER our fallen US Veterans.
HONOR those who served.
TEACH your children the value of freedom.
Story & Photo Credits: E. Bridgewater Police Facebook Page
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This year make a resolution to:
Love yourself more Eat clean and healthy Relieve your stress Work on building a STRONGER body
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Let this be the year we stop wishing and
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 Contact Stephanie at 508-697-2900   

Email us:  getinshapeforwomen
~ Taste of a Symphony ~
Brockton Symphony Orchestra
Tues, Jan 7th
Council on Aging
We are delighted to welcome members of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra for a free concert!
Please call the COA to sign up 508-378-1610.
Toddler Fun at the Library
Wednesday January 8
10:30 - 11:00a
Toddle Time
For your 0-2 year olds. We will incorporate the 5 tenets of Every Child Ready to Read: Reading, Singing, Writing, Talking & Playing.

Thursday January 9
10:30 AM - 11:10
Stories & Parachute
This is appropriate for children ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Join us for a variety of stories, rhymes and songs as we celebrate the seasons!
Anne Vantran 508-378-1616 x2 avantran@sailsinc.org
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Pet Store!

We have everything you need to keep yourself safe, and your pets, fish and feathered friends safe, too!

Stop in today!

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Recycling Center
In addition to the regularly scheduled 1st and 3rd Saturday , the Recycling Center at 877 Bridge Street will be open the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month through March from 8:30a - 1:00p .
The center is subject to closure due to inclement weather, updates will be posted on the DPW website.   Click here  for updates.
Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Sat, Jan 11th
9:00a - 12:00p
Email T29trees@gmail.com your address and preferred date for pick up. $10 donation

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265 Bedford St, Bridgewater
(508) 378-9971

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Enter Our 2021 Annual Tide Calendar Photography Contest ! We’re taking submissions from all, amateur and professional, young and old alike. Photographs must be of wild life, scenery, agricultural use, archaeological resources, or recreational activities SHOT WITHIN the Taunton River Watershed related to water use and conservation in the watershed. Submission deadline is July 15, 2020. Read more here.
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East Bridgewater Lacrosse - Home of the Vikings!
Regular Registration: 
Now - Tues, March 31st
Cost: $50 - $150
Skills Practices: 1/10, 1/24 & 1/31
Kindergarten 7-8p $5; Grades 1-8 7-9p $10
The 2020 EB Lax season is upon us! We're excited to continue to grow our league this year with the help and hard work of our players, parents, and coaches.
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E. Bridgewater Octogenarians Luncheon
Back row: Phyllis Jezard, Caroline Madden, Deanne Flint, Lois Clark (who lost her husband on Thanksgiving morning after 63 years of marriage!), Shirley Stinchfield.
Front: Lynne Oakley, Barbara Dearing, Carol Owen, Betty Stirling.
On December 18 th the octogenarians enjoyed our usual Wednesday luncheon at the Standish Grille. This particular day was our annual Christmas get-together, when we swapped gifts and baked goodies. We also enjoyed a delicious lunch from the varied Standish menu. Below is a photo of the group that attended. Missing from the photo is Sally Aldrich, former Postmaster at the Elmwood P.O. All of us are, or have been, residents of East Bridgewater, with the exception of Shirley Stinchfield, whose husband is from East Bridgewater. Some of us have known each other since 1 st grade at Elmwood School. Carol Owen and I have known each other since birth, since our mothers were roommates at the old Goddard Hospital in Brockton when we were born.

Respectfully submitted,
Betty (Belknap) Stirling

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$50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through
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Christine Harkins. The clean revolution 

  Historical Tidbit Question:
In what year did (Old) Bridgewater require cattle to be marked by their owners?

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
Architecture & Place-making:
From MIT Whitepaper called Places in the Making (2013) " While the place is important, the "making" builds connections, creates civic engagement, and empowers citizens—in short, it builds social capital ... The relationships that grow out of the "making" are equal to, if not more important than, the places that result."

The above quote is about public places that invite spontaneous collaboration, discussion or gaming (chess & checker tables) and what they do for us as a community. When we surround ourselves with thoughtful ideas, we are nurtured and more come.

“An idea is salvation by imagination.” 
~ Frank Lloyd Wright

“To create, one must first question everything.” ~ Eileen Gray

"For me, architecture is not just creating a space to protect people but to make them dream as well." ~ Mario Botta

"I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That's art to me." ~Maya Lin
The space that we surround ourselves with can feed our soul and inspire it... whether it be architecture, art, or nature. We can do this for our selves, in our own home and family and in our communities.
~ Jacquie
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