October 10, 2021 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
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Legacy of Music

Founding a music conservatory is not easy, but Greg Fernandes, '13, had the necessary motivation and personal experience, as well as a Bridgewater State University education. Rose Conservatory, the result of his hard work, is located in...

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History Tidbit:
State Farm
Today we know the state complex in the south end of town as the Mass Correctional Center. It originally began as a state "poor farm" in 1852. In the mid 19th century America was flooded with European immigrants. Some went west but many congregated in the cities of the east coast. By 1850 Boston was flooded with them, many fleeing from the Irish Potato Famine and unable to find work. Towns were given money by the state to care for those, but it was not enough. The state legislature decided to fund the establishment of three large work houses to provide for their needs. 

Bridgewater was chosen as the location for one of these 400 bed houses which opened in 1854. (see attached picture) It gave those able to work a farm like environment the ability to learn skills and and provide for others at the farm. They expanded over the following years to include other types of industry such as furniture, bedding and clothing for other state institutions.

On July 7, 1883, two disgruntled residents of the institution burned the original building to the ground. Since then there have been a number of other state facilities there including juvenile detention center and a women's prison. Surprisingly the first walls that were put up were to keep neighbors from stealing farm produce and equipment. The first swimming pool in town was installed at the facility for the "trustees". A small community sprang up around the "state farm" with its own school, general store and railroad station.
Today it is the location of a 2500 bed prison and the Mass. Emergency Management Center, Area II.
Image and Story Credit: David Moore.
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Services available through phone, email & website only
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p
Bob Olivier
won three private voice or piano lessons for
ages 5 to adults ($100 value) at

Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of a
$10 gift certificate to
Mama Deb's Kitchen & Food Truck.
Big Ryan's Toddler Show!
Tuesday, October 12th
Big Ryan's toddler programs focus on puppet play, music, and movement.  These programs usually run about 25 - 30 minutes.
Come in and have some fun with Big Ryan!
Registration is required for this event and can be completed here.

For more information, visit the Public Library's website!
Bridgewater Public Library Book Sale
Saturday, October 16th
10a - 2p

Support the Bridgewater Public Library through their book sale, offering the following deals:

$1 for hardcovers, DVD's, CD's, and puzzles!
.50 for paperbacks!
$10 to bring your own bag and fill as you please!

For more information, visit the Public Library's website.
Do You Have Questions About Small Farming? Our "How to" Books Have The Answers!
Need a book on how to raise chickens? Raising goats? How to raise pigs? How to raise turkeys? How to raise ducks? How to improve sandy soil? Drought gardening? Water gardens? Butterfly gardens?
Come find YOUR answers!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Drums Alive Comes to Bridgewater
Tuesdays Oct. 12 - Nov. 16

The Bridgewater Council on Aging is now offering a new program: Drums Alive! In this fitness program, individuals will better the health of their mind and body through the use of fitness equipment as musical instruments.

The COA is encouraging older adults, members of Bridgewater's senior community, and specifically those struggling with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Dementia to register for this program. Registration is required and can be completed by calling 508-697-0929 or emailing seniorcenter@bridgewaterma.org.

Story and image credit Bridgewater Senior Center Facebook
First Annual Mary and Nancy Costello Fundraiser
Sunday, October 17th
12 - 6p
Vets Club, 85 Cottage St.

Join the Mary and Nancy Costello Fund for their first annual cornhole fundraiser event this October to raise funds for local group homes, scholarships for students in special education, the Dana Farber Patient and Families Assistance Program, and more.

They will be hosting cornhole tournaments for two divisions: Competitive and Social. To sign up for either division, use the app Scoreholio and search First Annual Mary and Nancy Costello Fundraiser in "Upcoming Events".

The day of fun will also include food, drinks, t-shirts, and great raffles for everyone to enjoy! Come out and support an amazing day for an amazing cause in honor of two amazing women.

For more information on the event, visit their Facebook page.
Full & Part Time
Flexible Schedules
Apply in Person
99 S. Main St, West Bridgewater
RTE. 28, W. Bridgewater
Open 7 Days a Week
(508) 584-0077
Ask for the manager

We're Busy!!!
There's $ to be made!!!
Felted Hedwig Coming to Public Library
Sat, October 23rd

The Bridgewater Public Library is excited to announce that Pop Up Art School will be holding a felted Hedwig the owl class for teens ages 13-18. During this class, you will learn how to sculpt a felted owl using a needle.

All materials will be provided and registration is required. Register on the library website to attend this class! For more information, call the library at 508-697-3331 or visit their Facebook page.
Training Active Bystanders
Sat, October 23rd
10a - 12:30p
FREE Online
Training Active Bystanders (TAB) teaches how bystanders can interrupt harmful situations and generate positive actions.

TAB is also about responding positively to helpful behaviors, and engaging with people beyond your normal circle.

This training is for Bridgewater and surrounding communities. Contact: beryldomingo@quabbinmediation.org.
The training is free thanks to a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.
Join us for Ghostbusters Day!
Tuesday, October 26th
4 - 8p
Bridgewater Library
There will be a visit from the Massachusetts Ghostbusters in their Ectomobile.
They will be reading stories and making slime.
Come get your picture taken!
Fall Fair Revival 2021
Saturday, October 30th
9 - 3p
Trinity Episcopal Church
91 Main St.
Join the Trinity Episcopal Church for their Annual Fall Fair at the end of October. Enjoy the available vendors, baked goods, holiday craft, raffles, giftware, theme baskets, homemade items and jewelry, and more!
For more information on the events and services that the Church offers, visit their website!
Rubber Duck Drop
November 6, 2021

The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters presents the Rubber Duck Drop! To enter, buy your ducks on their website for $5 per duck or in bundles of 3 for $10, or scan the QR code above. The closest 3 ducks to the target after the drops, and the most outlying duck will be awarded cash prizes!

This will be a Facebook live event so you do not have to be present for your duck to win, just purchase your duck and watch it drop!

Visit their Facebook page for more information!
Find YOUR Bliss with
In Person classes at The She Shed, every Saturday at 9 am!

Svaroopa yoga excels at releasing the deep tension in your body. While the benefits of this style of yoga are profound, it is very easy to do. We use the alignment of the body, rather than a lot of effort, along with blankets for propping to make the poses accessible, supportive and effective. 

(508) 331-3564
Time to Cut Back? 

The Billy Goat Outback Brush Mower has a
24″ Cut and cuts up to 3/4″ diameter.

Whether your project is big or small, we can help!

Work smarter not harder!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950
Dr. Ben Carson Named Bridgewater's Citizen of the Year!

The Rotary Club named Dr. Ben Carson, a faculty member at Bridgewater State University, as the 2021 Citizen of the Year for Bridgewater. Dr. Carson has worked tirelessly at the Old Colony Correctional Institution bringing educational opportunities such as the Read to Me program, yoga classes and special speakers on issues such as violence prevention and African American heritage. He has also volunteered in Guatemala working with the Project Somos Children’s Village program for disadvantaged Mayan young people. Dr. Carson is a wonderful example of selfless giving to those who often do not get the proper assistance. Congratulations to Dr. Carson on this honor.

Dr. Carson will be honored, with the East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater Citizens of the Year by the rotary on Thursday, November 4th at 7p at the Commercial Club in East Bridgewater. Information on tickets and sponsorships can be found by contacting Mike Kryzanek, Club President at 677-922 0453 or by email, mkryzanek@bridgew.edu.

Story credit: Mike Kryzanek, Rotary President
The Well Welcomes Fall with Fabulous Events!

"Imagine a place for healing that addresses the needs of the whole person. A place where one's mind, body, and spirit are addressed in the care. A place that provides the best counseling, programs, and spiritual supports woven into a personalized and team approach, all under one roof. The Well is that place.

The Well offers holistic services that address the needs of the mind, body, and spirit while exploring the interconnectedness of all three." The Well of Bridgewater is offering the community a variety of workshops and events as the cooler air settles into autumn. Kicking off the fall season, The Well, a non-profit focused on emotional and spiritual wellbeing, is offering a new Lego Club, a Lego-based social skills group for children interested in improving their social skills in a fun and rewarding environment. This group will meet weekly starting Monday, October 18th, and will have two separate age groups for kids in grades 1-3 and 4-6. As space for this group is limited, register here!
The Well is also offering Kid Connect, a program designed to promote the development of age appropriate social skills by giving children the space to do what kids enjoy most, play! This group will also meet weekly starting Monday, October 18th. Registration is required, and can be completed here!

These two groups are just the tip of the iceberg of the services that The Well offers. Visit their Website for more information!
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a $10 gift certificate to
Mama Deb's Kitchen & Food Truck.

Historical Tidbit Question:
In 1854, Bridgewater was chosen as a location to build what?

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 October 13, 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
Our Furry Friends
“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.
It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” ~ John Grogan

“Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them's making a poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge.”
~ Jerry Seinfeld

“It may be a cat, a bird, a ferret, or a guinea pig, but the chances are high that when someone close to you dies, a pet will be there to pick up the slack. Pets devour the loneliness. They give us purpose, responsibility, a reason for getting up in the morning, and a reason to look to the future. They ground us, help us escape the grief, make us laugh, and take full advantage of our weakness by exploiting our furniture, our beds, and our refrigerator. We wouldn't have it any other way. Pets are our seat belts on the emotional roller coaster of life--they can be trusted, they keep us safe, and they sure do smooth out the ride.”
~ Nick Trout, Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life As an Animal Surgeon

 “Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” ~ George Eliot
“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.”
~ Gilda Radner

A soft and cuddly role model. Fantastic!
~ Jacquie
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