October 11, 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. 
Town of Bridgewater Update with Town Manager Michael Dutton on Oct 9, 2020
(on Facebook Live)
Photo credit: Ken Reale
Historical Tidbit:
Electric Street Cars
The electric street cars were not only transportation to work, but also intended to transport folks to amusement parks and other recreation areas. The attraction in Bridgewater were the two large dance halls that were built on the side of Pleasant Street and extended out over the water at the Nip. In the summer these also included steam launch rides, swimming, sailing, row boats and picnicking. There were many other spots along the lines extending from simple picnic areas to full amusement parks, such as Nantasket Beach, Revere Beach, Whalom Park and Lincoln Park, to name a few.

There was also an attempt to ship small freight items on the street cars with a freight depot on Perkins Ave. The electric cars were seen as a direct competition to the railroads though, and because of it, they were not allowed to cross the tracks at Broad Street. If you wanted to go to East Bridgewater from the town center, you would take a horse drawn trolley down to the crossing, get off, walk across the tracks and pick up an electric car on the other side of the railroad tracks.

The remains of the electric line today can be seen at the corner of Swift/Birch and Pleasant Streets. The red brick building was originally a power plant for the electric cars. The stone foundation in the field on Route 28 at the West Bridgewater Line was a barn for the storage of electric cars. The street car waiting room in the center was first located on the corner of Main and Broad Streets until it burned in 1923. The electric trolleys eventually went out of business because they could not compete with the growing popularity and numbers of automobiles on the roads. It is said that in 1915, the height of rural street car travel in America, you could ride across the country in them.

Respectfully submitted by David Moore
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Mon - Thur 8a - 4p, Fri 8a - 1p Services available through phone, email & website only
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
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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71 Central Square
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PT Can Prevent Unnecessary Surgery

Recent research is showing that surgery might not be needed as often as we think. A large review estimates that 10% to 20% of surgeries might be unnecessary and that in some specialties such as cardiology and orthopedics, that number might be higher. The reasons for so many unneeded surgeries being performed are varied, but the most common are that more conservative options aren't tried first, or lack of knowledge by the operating physician.

Physicians undergo long and rigorous training programs to become surgeons, but if they don't work hard to keep learning, their knowledge could stop growing when they leave residency. Recent research is showing that certain common surgeries aren't any better than a placebo. Two such examples are kyphoplasty - a procedure for spinal compression fractures, and partial meniscectomy - a procedure used to treat tears of the meniscus in the knee. If a surgeon hasn't continued to learn, they won't know that these surgeries often don't offer any more benefit than a non-surgical treatment and will continue to perform them.

Every surgery, even "minor" ones carry risks. These include complications from anesthesia, blood clots after surgery, delayed healing of the incision, infection, and unintended damage to nerves or other organs near the surgical site. Some of these risks cause discomfort for a period after surgery and go away, but others can result in permanent disability or even death. For some patients and conditions, surgery is a great treatment option, but with all the associated risks, when surgery can be avoided, it should be.

For musculoskeletal problems like back and joint pain, sprains, and strains, seeing your PT before a surgeon can help keep you out of the operating room and get you back to life without surgery. Studies have shown that physical therapy is just as good if not better than surgery for a multitude of conditions and carries less risk. Some examples would include rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears, spinal stenosis, low back pain, and osteoarthritis.

Physical therapy can't fix every problem, and for some patients surgery is the best choice. However, research is showing that surgery isn't a cure-all, and is sometimes just a very expensive and risky placebo. In most cases, starting with physical therapy is the right choice, and for many patients, PT is the only treatment necessary.
Respectfully Submitted, Kelly Duggan, DPT
The Bridgewater 4th of JULY committee is announcing our first Halloween House Decorating Contest!!

It will be a fundraiser for 2021 4th of July Celebration!
No one can be sure of what this year will bring and even if Halloween is still on ... who doesn't want to see some cool houses decorated?!
$10.00 to enter - Decorations should be up and ready to be viewed by October 25! We will post more info soon....
You can mail registration to Bridgewater 4th of July Committee and put Halloween contest in the memo. Or you can pay via PayPal.
Image credit: J. Rose
Women's Journey Through History A Virtual Performance

Thurs, October 15th
We Did It For You! Women's Journey Through History is an engaging play that tells of the struggles and triumphs women have undergone to get their basic rights in America told by the women who were there. In this live staged reading, high school student Melanie must write about the most influential woman in history - the play provides her with an entertaining and quick tour through that journey, starting with the struggle women had in the 17th century Puritan Revolution through to our 21st century empowered women politicians. It has been performed across California and Massachusetts for thousands of adults, college and high school students. Past performance highlights include participating in the California Women’s Suffrage Celebration in Sacramento, California and on Women's Equality Day 2018 at the famous Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. The staged-reading will have live actors in costume on Zoom with slides to enhance the educational experience and videos of the songs for entertainment. Stick around afterwards for a Q&A with the playwright, producers, and actors.

Cornstalks and Mums and Pumpkins, oh my!

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Town Of Bridgewater Voting Options:

1) In-person, regular voting George Mitchell School, 166 Mt. Prospect St., from 7a – 8p on Tuesday November 3, 2020.
2) Early vote at the Academy Municipal Building, see attached schedule.
3) By mail. Town Clerk will mail out ballots to those that have requested them as soon as they are received from the printer.
Collaboration of the Arts

Today's Art With Rose is a collaboration with talented musician John Morgan of the ever informative and entertaining John Morgan Guitar. Be sure to check out John Morgan Guitar on Youtube for lessons on how to play guitar and ukulele and be sure to like and subscribe to us for more great Art with Rose!
Working hard to make patients comfortable & healthy!

Physical distancing • spaced appointments
• bacterial cleaning between patients. 

Take care of yourself – See your chiropractor today!
63 Main Street, Bridgewater (508) 697-0050
Fall Open Air Book Sale
Saturday, October 17th 10a - 2p

Wide selection of hardcovers, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs and puzzles!
Hardcovers $1
Paperbacks $.50 or 3 for $1
CDs $1
DVDs $2
Bring your own reusable bag and fill it with BOOKS $10
Outside in the Parking Lot of the Bridgewater Public Library.

Here are some ideas from our friends at Action for Happiness to help you create a happier and kinder world! If you feel like you need a helping hand, the action calendars are here to assist you with daily goals. The provided link above has the monthly calendars posted, feel free to explore the helpful tasks and motivational actions.
The 2020 Book for Business & COVID-19 Recovery Resource Guide 
Easy & Accessible with great resources!

  • Area Dining
  • COVID-19 Recovery Resources
  • Business Development Resources

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!
To Celebrate Plymouth 400:
"Our Story 400 years of Wampanoag" above video and below: an invite to participate in a free Indigenous History Conference virtually at Bridgewater State University
Free BSU Indigenous History Conference

A Plymouth 400 Signature Event: Here It Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight , a signature Plymouth 400 event, is an Indigenous History: Nine Virtual Sessions Oct. 3-Nov. 22, 2020...

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21st Annual Citizen of the Year Program ~ looking for Nominations from Bridgewater!

The Rotary Club of The Bridgewaters will celebrate neighbors who have made outstanding contributions as volunteers to our communities. These achievements correspond to Rotary’s seven Areas of Focus — peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; community economic development; and, supporting the environment.

All residents of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater & West Bridgewater are eligible both to nominate and to be nominated for recognition at the 21st Annual Citizen of the Year program. The achievements may not be part of the individual’s job responsibilities.
Nomination forms may be found HERE or may be requested from francesjeffries@gmail.com or 508.241.6643. The deadline for submitting nominations is October 24, 2020. A committee from the Rotary Club expects to announce one recipient each from Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, and West Bridgewater in November 2020. The date and location of the event will also be confirmed at that time.

The Rotary Club of The Bridgewaters is part of Rotary International, one of the largest charitable organizations in the world. Dedicated to “Service Above Self,” Rotarians worldwide span all races and religions to assist those in need. Locally, we meet on Wednesdays at 7:30a via Zoom. All are welcome. www.facebook.com/RotaryCB
A healthy body starts with education: learn about strains and sprains here.
When you get either, come see us at Physical Therapy U

75 Scotland Boulevard, Unit A
(508) 697-2000

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Bridgewater State University is offering intellectually stimulating seminars and courses for those who are 50+ and wish to keep learning! The course registrations are open from now until mid-November and focus on creativity, self-discovery, and peer education.
Register for courses over Zoom for $55 at Senior College Registration.
Halloween Celebrations

Halloween is right around the corner! Here are some great ways we can all enjoy the holiday safely.

CDC lower risk activities recommendations:
*Carving pumpkins in your home or outside with friends at a safe distance
*Having a virtual costume contest
*Make the biggest, best house display, ever
*Instead of trick-or-treating, a home candy scavenger hunt.

CDC moderate risk activities:
*Modify Trick-or-Treating, make individually wrapped goodie bags, or leave the candy out on your walkway, separated for easy pick -up.
*Outdoor costume party with a small group
*If your looking for a good scare find an outdoor haunted forest
*Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards
*Outdoor Halloween movie night with friends and family

Have a great Halloween season.... make it last all October!
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Rallies Across Massachusetts and the Nation Say: Ban Nuclear Weapons, Fund the People

In Amherst, Bedford, Boston, Bridgewater, Brookline, Cambridge, Easthampton, Newton, Northampton, Sherborn, Sunderland, Worcester — Massachusetts rallied September 26, 2020 to #EliminateNuclearWeapons and #FundHumanNeeds.

San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Milwaukee, Chicago, Binghamton, and Malloy, IA, joined them in

The cry was heard from Bridgewater “corner” ~ Cris Ajemian, Ray Ajemian, Frances Jeffries.

Images & Story re- printed with permission from Massachusetts Peace Action Blog by Cole Harrison

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Historical Tidbit Question:
What forced electric trolleys out of commission?

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Michelle Montella, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, & Sebastian Ladoulis.

“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”
~ Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
~ Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Not my strong suit, patience. Why cannot IT work, now? Why can't it be the way I want, NOW? And every single time, impatience gets me into trouble. I have to take my cue from nature... the caterpillar takes days to create the butterfly; the flower, days to unfold; leaves take days to turn to their magnificent splendor of color... and those are just small miracles... if I want a really HUGE miracle, it's going to take months and years.
Every change, every improvement, takes hard work, faith and patience. Have a great week while we wait.... ~ Jacquie
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