March 15, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
music notes
Let us know your favorite song to scrub your hands to...
and enter to win a 1/4 share in Nessralla Farm's CSA
You could be the lucky winner of a box of fresh fruit & veggies once a week all summer long from Nessralla Farm
one entry per person... let's keep it CLEAN folks ; )
We've gotten creative this week, singing while we wash.
So send us a email and/or a video link of you singing & washing with your name and contact info to prizes@buzzaround.info by Thursday March 19.
There will be a Special Town Meeting held on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6p at the M/S High School Auditorium to acquire land.

For more information please watch the following:
WB Board of Selectmen Meeting, March 4, 2020 & WB Finance Committee Meeting, March 5, 2020
Videos courtesy of WBTV
The heads of the WBYAA, WBYFA, and the WB Athletic Boosters have been working together in tandem with the town as part of a Recreational Space Committee since December of 2018 to assess the needs as it relates to athletic facilities for our youth.  

This committee also includes Selectman Anthony Kinahan (committee Chairman), Town Manager David Gagne, WB High School Athletic Director Jenn Hammel, John DeLano from the Conservation Commission, Janice Fox from the Finance Committee, DPW Director Chris Iannitelli, and School Committee Chairman William Flynn.

We have now completed the assessment, and are ready to take the next step, purchasing land.

There will be a special town meeting on March 30th at 6PM at the West Bridgewater Junior-Senior High School with 2 articles:

Article 1 - Purchasing the land. The Russo's have agreed to sell the land for $600,000, which is well below their asking price.  

Article 2 - Engineering Plans - The 2nd article is to approve up to $100,000 for engineering plans, preparing accurate pricing for the proposed sports complex, etc.  

PLEASE NOTE: 2/3rd's vote is need to approve the purchase.  
Please attend.
Historical Tidbit:

Liquor Fund
 
"There is due the town from Albert Copeland a note of $70.00 bearing date March 1, 1870, being the balance of the Liquor Fund.
  
There are also at the establishment of the late agency, various casks, jugs, measures, &c., also some wine and more ale. The latter seems to have been  extended , (lost its savor) to such an extent, from age or some other cause, as to render it worthless for mechanical or medicinal purposes."
 
From: West Bridgewater Annual Reports, Year Ending March 1, 1870

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  508-894-1200
Mon, Tues & Thurs 8a - 4p
Wed, 8a - 7p, Fri 8a - 1p
Check town website for needed updates

WB Public Library
80 Howard Street
508-894-1255
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Tues - Wed 10a - 8p
Sat 10a - 2p
 
Council on Aging
97 West Center Street
508-894-1262
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Food Pantry
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
3:15 - 5p
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB
Congratulations!
Debra Reavis
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
CSA share: your very own box of fresh fruit & veggies each week this growing season! ($125 value)
We will draw one winner for all Buzz Around communities.
A Peaceful Sunrise
So much to be grateful for!
We are thankful for the photographic gifts of Mary Wright Julius.
Send us pix, video & stories - What are you doing with your free time?
Advertising Opportunity at the 50th anniversary Celebration of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters
Saturday, April 4th
5:30 - 9p
Barretts Alehouse, West Bridgewater
Opportunities to support this event include various sponsorship packages, donations and ticket purchases.
Click  here  for more information or call Bruce at 508-378-7890.
Various weekly programs in July 2020.
For an early registration discount of $50 off, register  HERE  by  March 20th .
 
One-week science courses for Students entering Grades 6 - 12 in the fall of 2020.

This unique program allows students to work as scientists and is designed to inspire students about science while providing them with the foundations necessary for further scientific exploration.

Summer Science Academy students are immersed in science courses and conduct hands-on investigations in their selected course. Students in the middle school courses will also participate in extracurricular science activities. All courses focus on the importance of science communication as students lead presentations on the last day of class. 
Badminton
by Deena Anzum, BuzzAround Intern

In the summertime when my cousins come over, we like to play badminton together. On the weekends when the weather is nice, we usually have barbeque parties. While the food is cooking, all the cousins get together and play. We usually like to form teams of two. Badminton is very enjoyable. It gets everyone energized and feels great when we get a continuous run. Sometimes the birdie will hit one of our faces and everyone laughs. Some of us even fall trying to catch the birdie.

My uncle was a badminton player back in the day so sometimes he would join. However, since he is a professional, he plays hard and even the good players cannot keep up! As a kid, my mother also played with her friends. So, she would join as well. It is even more fun when everyone joins in! One summer, all the parents came together and joined the kids so we had two big groups. We do not follow any of the usual rules for badminton. We just play for fun. We take turns serving and usually whichever side the birdie lands is the team that would serve. For example, if it lands on my team's side, then my team would serve.

With all this free time... outdoor activity is perfect!
"Going Green" Film Contest
Deadline:
April 27, 2020
Create a 1-3 min video highlighting ways your family lives a green lifestyle.

Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo then send your link here: wbgreenteam1@gmail.com.

Include your name and age group. Prizes for winners in each age group.
Age Groups:
Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 8, Grades 9 - 12, Adult
Facebook Event Presented by the WB Green Team.
SAVE THE DATE!
More details to follow to advertise and play in the coming weeks. You don't want to miss out!
See the WB Athletic Boosters website to see what they are all about!
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It's time to DIG IN to your Spring cleaning. We have the shovels! Stop in today for yours!

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Avocado Tree Growing Indoors in Massachusetts
By Gregory Venezia
Something you might not know...You can grow avocado trees indoors here in Massachusetts. You start them in water until they sprout roots. Then pot them in dirt.

I put the pit in a plastic container filled with water and push toothpicks in the pit to suspend it over the water. I've heard that some people have simply put them in a plastic bag with water, and that worked for then. Then I put them in a pot of dirt. I used dirt from my garden.

I put the pits in water some time before September. They take a while to start growing roots, so it could have been a month or two.
In September 2018 it began to grow roots.
In December 2018 it began to sprout leaves.
In January the leaves got pretty big.
The picture to the left is the most recent photo I have of a few of the plants I'm growing. From left to right the plants are passion fruit vine, jack fruit, avocado tree, passion fruit vine. All the fruit to grow these plants can be purchased from the grocery store.

The avocado plant is starting to wilt, but I think that is from over watering, so with less frequent watering I hope to see it perk back up. The sunny weather should help too.

I like gardening because if something doesn't work you still learn something, and you can do better next time.
Good news at the national level.
1) CDC pledges to pay for free CV-19 screening for all. (Thank you Rep. Katie Porter)
2) Drive through tests at CVS, Walgreens, Target & Walmart will be available in the near future as a website is in the development stages to triage people at home (Announced in the 3/13/20 Whitehouse Press Conference)
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We still carry your old favorites & many soon to be new favorites! 

Plenty of parking in the back. 

Hope to see you soon!

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East Bridgewater

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Socializing with Science
"Social Distancing" is a tool being put into place for large, close gatherings (sporting events, concerts) to slow the spread of this respiratory virus, a needed precaution. Due to this and the barrage of media attention, we at the BuzzAround suggest some simple ways to remain social & active in your community.
 
Here is some science on the spread of Covid-19: It is water droplets from a sick person getting into your body that will spread it. If it’s safe for you, all other life activities should continue. We need interaction with others, and it's a great time to be outside. Show your love & compassion.
 
Here are some suggestions for those that are able: 1) Take a walk or ride a bike around your neighborhood. Last night I was walking my dog and a neighborhood kid stopped and talked to me. We had a fun conversation. I am never disappointed checking out my neighborhood.
2) Shop at a locally owned store: Infamous for never being too busy, local shops are fun nooks of helpfulness and original items. If you don't see what you want, ask the owner or clerk to find something for you. They will go out of their way to help you. Talk about feeling loved!
3) Keep yourself healthy. Stay hydrated, get enough sleep and eat plenty of vegetables & fruit. If you don't recognize a word on a food's ingredient list, don't eat it!
4) Stay active in your local community & keep in touch with folks around you, if not in person, then by phone & messages.
5) If you have a fever or cough, please keep out of social interactions. And even if you don't present with symptoms, know that you can slow the spread of respiratory illness with frequent hand washing and being mindful of a 6-foot boundary around your mouth, nose & eyes.
And here is some social science: We are all in this together. Know your stuff and take care of yourself, but don't create an unhealthy lifestyle by isolating yourself.
Whatever challenges you face today, don't face them alone. ~ Jacquie
Save the Date for the
River Walk!
Sunday, June 7th
10a - 2p
River Street
West Bridgewater Open Space & Recreation is having a River Walk. Enjoy a car-free day on River Street!
Stroll, hike, run, bike, canoe, kayak...anything you desire!
Events are at War Memorial Park, Pratts Landing, Beaverton Woods, the Keith House and all along the way.
For more information click here!
Quick registration reminder from WB Youth Athletic Association

U8 Spring Soccer is closed.
The season runs from 4/18-6/13.
Girls play on Saturdays and Boys play on Sundays (games are between 12:00p & 3:00p for both).

Also check out the WBYAA store !

You can register on  WBYAA.com .  
Thanks!
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
CSA share: your very own box of fresh fruit & veggies each week this growing season! ($125 value)
We will draw one winner for all Buzz Around communities.

Historical Tidbit Question:
How much did Albert Copeland owe
to the town?

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 March 18, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Have fun keeping clean!
 
"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have." 
~ Cayla Mills
 
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." ~ William James
 
"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are. "
~ Bernice Johnson Reagon
 
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. " 
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Every day we choose who we are by how we define ourselves. " ~ Angelina Jolie
Have fun keeping clean!
Attitude is EVERYTHING.
Love strongly, completely. Move forward confidently.
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Deena Anzum, Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Megan Piche, , Jacquelyn Rose, & Greg Venezia
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