December 22, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Want to end 2019 and begin 2020 feeling rewarded and helping a good cause?

Here’s how: Sponsor the Annual Polar Plunge of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters 

Sponsorship Level
Platinum      $1000+
Diamond       $700 – $999 
Gold           $300 – $699
Silver          $100 – $299
Bronze         $50 – $99
Friends of the Rotary Club $1 – $49

 100% of your support makes local and global projects possible for the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters.

or Checks payable to Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters PO Box 266, East Bridgewater, MA 02333
Feel free to join us on January 1, 2020 9am – 12noon at the BCYF Curley Community Center, South Boston

For additional information about the Club and the event, please contact Margarida Baganha at margarida.baganha@aol.com or Betty Rada at bettyrada03@gmail.com.
Historical Tidbit:
Blacksmiths
Prior to 1900, Bridgewater had thousands of horses that pulled farm implements and wagons of all types.

Every neighborhood had a blacksmith shop ranging from a small forge in a barn to more elaborate shops like this one on Broad Street across from Friendly's. This one had a ramp to the second floor for wagon repairs.

Blacksmiths were also your neighborhood repair men for all sorts of equipment. They could repair harnesses, wagon wheels, a broken shovel, a plow or put a new handle on a frying pan. If you broke it, the neighborhood "smithy" could fix it.
Respectfully submitted, David Moore
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
Mon - Thurs 8a - 4p, Fri 8a - 1p
 
Public Library
15 South Street
508-697-3331
Mon - Wed 9a - 8p 
Thurs 10a - 5p, Fri & Sat 10a - 2p
 
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
508-697-0929
Mon - Thurs 9a - 3p, Fri 9a - noon 
 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
 508-697-6016
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 to 8 p
Congratulations!
Mary Blye
won a
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose.
Learn more  here .

You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman, MA!
2020 Dog Licenses Available for Sale Now
2020 Dog licenses are now available for sale at the Town Clerk’s Office. Dog owners in Bridgewater are reminded that the Dog Licenses are valid from  January 1st  through December 31st  

A dog licensing form to register dogs for the calendar year 2020 will be sent to all residents with the 2020 Annual Town Census.
The 2020 Dog License costs are:
Male/Female:     $20.00
Neutered Male/Spayed Female:    $15.00
Late Fee (Begins March 1, 2020):     $10.00

Beginning March 1st, dogs not registered will be charged a fine of $10 in addition to the cost of the license as required by the Canine Control Ordinance.

Licenses may be purchased in person at the Town Clerk’s Office, located at 66 Central Square in the Academy Building. Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8am to 4pm, Friday 8am to 1pm.
Licenses also may be purchased by mailing a request, the proper fee, self-addressed stamped envelope and copy of current rabies certificate to Town Clerk’s Office, 66 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA 02324.

Residents with questions are welcome to contact the Town Clerk’s Office (508-697-0921).
Food Pantry Collection
The Bridgewater Public Library is collecting nonperishable food for the Bridgewater Food Pantry, located at 71 Central Square, during the month of December.
Collection boxes can be found near the circulation desk on the first floor and in the children’s room.
Read To A Dog
Sat, Dec 28th
10:30-11:30a
Duncan wold love to hear from you, this is a drop in program, All ages are welcome!
New Year's Eve Countdown Lunch
Tue, Dec 31st
11:30a
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
To celebrate one another, volunteers, staff and all of their accomplishments they invite you to a Countdown to New Years luncheon. They’re offering a delicious meal and will be counting down to noon instead of midnight. All are welcome. 
Lego Mania
Mon, Jan 6th
4:30 - 5:30p
BPL , Children's Room
Ages 5 & up. No registration required. Come build your creation using the library's Legos. Creations will be displayed in the Children's Room.
Happy Holidays from your Friends at
BRIDGEWATER FARM SUPPLY

We're Your COMPLETE Garden, Farm & Pet Store!

Come check out our great gifts for the holidays! Farm themed toys, doggy shirts & sweaters, bird feeders, garden decorations and oh so much more!

Stop in today!
 1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Remembering Pearl Harbor: A Day of Infamy
Tue, Jan 7th
6:30p
Bridgewater Public Library
A presentation titled “Remembering Pearl Harbor: A Day of Infamy” will be given by Historian and Professor Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD.
Recently was the anniversary of Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. It was one of the most momentous events of the twentieth century. Admiral Yamamoto achieved a major tactical victory at Pearl Harbor but not the strategic knockout blow he had hoped for. Japan’s attack on the Hawaiian Islands globalized the second World War.
Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and professor of history.
The event is free and open to the public.
  Feed the Birds This Winter!
Tue, Jan 7th
10:30a
Bridgewater Public Library
Join us in making a bird feeder! We’re building this feeder all out of edible materials. Ages 3+ with adult helper. Registration required, call 508-697-0921.
Potholes
During the winter months water can seep into small cracks in the cement then expand when frozen. This can case the cement to further crack and crumble forming potholes.
A pothole can be annoying, plus its not good for the suspension of your vehicle.
You can report any potholes that you notice to MassDOT at 857-368-4636
Wood Palace Kitchen Designs
Step 2…

7 Mill St, Middleboro
(508) 947-1975
Nessralla Farm
What will
you find
at the farm today?

Indoor arrangements! This one will warm your room when you light it up!

Stop in and pick one up today!

318 Plymouth St. Halifax
(781) 294-1767

Disabilities Education Screening Information
If you are concerned about your child’s growth and development and suspect that your child may have a disability or delayed area of development, please contact Tracy Taccini, Preschool Secretary of Special Education, 508-977-0504 x100. If you wish to have your child participate in a screening for the purpose of potentially enrolling within the district’s nationally accredited preschool program, BR's preschool program currently has 6 classrooms that are integrated where children with and without disabilities are educated together. A spot for the 2020 - 2021 school year may be reserved for any child who passes the screening.
The goal is to locate and help all children with disabilities residing in the State, including those who are homeless, wards of the State, and or attending private schools.
Respectfully,
Paul Tzovolos M.Ed., C.A.G.S.
Director of Student Services
 The Bridgewater Public Library will feature the “Hometown Heroes” banners in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery  
The exhibition will be on display during the months of December and January.
Banners featuring the names and faces of nearly 100 local veterans are now adorning the walls and hanging from above, as part of a community project honoring their service.

The banners, measuring 24 inches by 48 inches, are part of the “Hometown Heroes” project, started by a committee made up of members of the Bridgewater Historical Commission, veterans and Bridgewater residents. Each banner (purchased by the veteran’s loved ones) features an image of the veteran, his or her name, the branch of service, the era of service if applicable and a sponsor’s name or message if desired. 

The project is spearheaded by resident David Moore, who also serves as chair of the historical commission. The project was a way of saying “Thank you for your service” to the thousands of veterans from Bridgewater.  There also is a book of stories corresponding with each veteran banner on display.  The book recognizes the individual story and remembers that “War is hell and we must never forget that”.  The book is available for purchase.
 
A reception will be held on Saturday, January 11 th  at 11:00 a.m. in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery at the Bridgewater Public Library.
If you are interested in supporting the Bridgewater Hometown Heroes Program, please email  BHHbanners@gmail.com .
 
The Flora T. Little Gallery is open during regular library hours:  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9a.m.-8p.m.; Thursday 10a.m.-5p.m., Friday, Saturday 10a.m.-2p.m.
MIKE'S QUALITY
AUTO REPAIR

• General Auto Repair
• Domestic & Imported Cars
• ASE Certified 
• L1 ASE Certified 

Over 20 Years of Experience 
Local Family Owned Independent Shop

(508) 697-1122
85-2 Fireworks Circle (off Rt 18)
Bridgewater

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Call for more information today!

111 Torrey St, Suite 1, Brockton 
508-456-6220
Beee a part of it... Town of Bridgewater
Volunteer Opportunities
The Town Manager is seeking volunteers for the following committees and boards to fill regular member seats or associate member seats. If interested, please submit a  volunteer application (PDF)  to the Town Manager's office. You may also wish to review the  Board and Committee Handbook.
Affordable Housing Trust: The Affordable Housing Trust shall provide for the creation and preservation of affordable housing for the benefit of low and moderate income households.
The Board of Health: seeks to preserve and maintain the Town's public health standards and protect its environmental resources by educational means and by strict enforcement of various regulations, ordinances, State Health Codes, General Laws, in particular MGL Chapter 111, and federal law.
Cable Advisory Committee: The Cable Advisory Committee advises the Town Manager on matters relating to the licensing and supervision of the contract for cable television services in the Town consistent with state and federal law. It may also advise the Town Manager on negotiations during the contract renewal negotiation.
Conservation Commission: The purpose of the Conservation Commission is to protect, promote, and enhance the quantity and quality of the natural resources within the Town, especially wetlands, wildlife and water resources; through planning, acquisition, land management, regulation, scientific research and public education. The Conservation Commission is an advisory and regulatory committee of the Town. 
Cultural Council: The Cultural Council decides the distribution of arts lottery funds or other funds that may be available to it and may also conduct other activities to promote and encourage the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences. 
Financial Committee: provides financial advice to the Town Manager and the Town Council on the yearly operating budget for all Town agencies, which includes the Regional School budget as adopted by the School Committee. Advise on matters of long-range financial planning, and advise on the annual preparation of the Town's capital improvement plan. It prepares a report to the Town Council on said annual capital improvement program and participates in public hearings called for review of this program.
Open Space Committee: A dvises the Town Manager on the preservation of open space, and on updating the Open Space Plan. The Committee evaluates opportunities for the acquisition and protection of open space parcels against a number of criteria, including whether the Town's acquisition of the parcel would (i) help preserve Bridgewater's character, (ii) protect Bridgewater's water resources, (iii)abut or conjoin existing conservation lands, (iv) provide public access for walking, biking or other passive recreation, (v) preserve or enhance distinctive streetscapes, views or vistas, or (vi) preserve important wildlife and/or vegetation habitat.
Senior Associates Volunteer Committee: The Committee shall review applications to the SAVE program and select participants to be recommended to the Town Manager for the SAVE program. It shall contract with qualified senior citizens to provide the Town the benefit of their knowledge and experience in return for a tax credit, thereby enhance municipal service and increasing senior citizen participation in municipal government. The SAVE Committee is advisory to the Town.
Veterans' Council: The purpose of the Veterans Council is to advocate for meeting the needs of the veterans residing in the Town of Bridgewater and to provide support for the Director of Veteran’s Services.
Water and Sewer Board: The Water and Sewer Board is responsible for recommending all improvements to the municipal water pollution control facilities and water treatment and distribution facilities in the Town, and serves as an advisory board to the Public Works Director for establishment of rules and regulations governing the operation of all Town water pollution control facilities and water treatment and distribution facilities. The Water and Sewer Board establishes rates subject to Town Manager approval. The Water and Sewer Board is an advisory committee of the Town.
Information from www.bridgewaterma.org.
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman, MA!

Historical Tidbit Question :
What did every neighborhood have?

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer. Prize Box Rules .

By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's Buzz Around Bridgewater.

On December 26, 2019 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Peace.

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for 'we' are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.” ~ Louise L. Hay

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
~ Jimi Hendrix

“When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.” ~ Fred Rogers
I wish you, and our world, Peace. ~Jacquie
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