March 31, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
I've said it before and I'll say it again because IT MATTERS. These monthly Community Outings are so meaningful for students like Adrian.
Although we have been blessed in this journey to have some background knowledge of behavior management, many families in my situation do not. It can be quite a challenge to take a child with special needs to something as simple as a movie theater.

This is why these outings are so essential: they foster not only independence and confidence for the child but help to bring their families, the community and professional educators together to spread true ACCEPTANCE, not just awareness of children like my Adrian , to the actual community in which they live. 

The kids were able to practice so many life skills today it was magical to watch. They had to wait in line for snacks, some helped pay, they work to save that snack until they were seated, practiced sitting safely while also encouraging breaks when needed, cleaned up after themselves, worked to be respectful of the peers around them and so much more.

Adrian is truly a rockstar but without our village, we wouldn't be where we are today... making so many amazing steps forward. Thank you to Adrian's incredible team of educators who work tirelessly to give these kids everything they deserve and thank you to the East Bridgewater Cinema for opening their doors to make this special experience happen! ~ Alyssa Brady
Historical Tidbit: Corporal Craig
Gordon Maynard Craig was born in East Bridgewater MA on August 1, 1929.  On , July 20, 1948 he enlisted in the United States Army in Brockton, MA. 

Corporal Craig was a member of the 16th Reconnaissance Squadron, 1st Cavalry Division. On September 10th 1950, during an attack on enemy positions on a hill near Kasan, South Korea, he and four comrades attacked a machine gun position that was hampering his squadron's advance. When a grenade fell near them, he fell upon the grenade to protect his comrades. For his leadership and great valor, Corporal Craig was awarded the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.  He was laid rest in Elmwood Cemetery in East Bridgewater, MA.

Citation: Cpl. Craig, 16th Reconnaissance Company, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. During the attack on a strategic enemy-held hill his company's advance was subjected to intense hostile grenade mortar, and small-arms fire. Cpl. Craig and 4 comrades moved forward to eliminate an enemy machine gun nest that was hampering the company's advance. At that instance an enemy machine gunner hurled a hand grenade at the advancing men. Without hesitating or attempting to seek cover for himself, Cpl. Craig threw himself on the grenade and smothered its burst with his body. His intrepid and selfless act, in which he unhesitantly gave his life for his comrades, inspired them to attack with such ferocity that they annihilated the enemy machine gun crew, enabling the company to continue its attack. Cpl. Craig's noble self-sacrifice reflects the highest credit upon himself and upholds the esteemed traditions of the military service.

Respectfully Submitted, Commander Paul Connell, Fred Bates Morse American Legion Post 91 of East Bridgewater.
Town Hall
175 Central St 508-378-1601
Mon 8:30a - 8p
Tues - Thurs 8:30a - 4:30p; Fri 8:30a - noon

EB 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.
Thrift Shop Open
Wednesdays  2:15-5:15pm & Saturdays 10-1pm
United Methodist Church
54 N. Central St EB
Tom Flaherty

a 1/4 CSA Share from
Nessralla Farm Rt 106 Halifax, MA

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
785 Bedford St (Rt 18) Whitman

The April meeting of the East Bridgewater Garden Club will be Monday, April 1 at noon in the Community Room at the EB library.

The speaker will be Suzanne Mahler and her talk will be "Getting Ready for Spring." The flower show is a Welcome Spring arrangement. We will also be discussing our plant sale in May. 
All are welcome to attend!
Dance Kaleidoscope
April 4, 5, 6 at 7:30

BSU Dance showcases its motto, "Dance is for every body" in this concert featuring choreography from dance professionals, BSU faculty, and advanced students. Compelling solos, intricate small groups, and powerful ensembles will move across the stage in a spectacular celebration of art and life. Open to all.

Tickets for the General Public are 10$.

The annual census is mailed to all East Bridgewater residents at the beginning of each calendar
year, it is an important legal document mandated by Massachusetts General Laws. M.G.L. Ch.
51, Sec. 4 requires an annual street listing of residents as of January 1st each year.

Information from the census is added to the Commonwealth's Voter Registration Information
System (VRIS). Voters are required to return the form annually to retain their active status on
the voter list.
The census form DOES NOT register you as a voter, if you wish to register to vote or change party
affiliation you must complete a voter registration form. If you are a registered voter, failure to
answer the annual census may cause you to be listed as an ‘inactive voter’ and require you show
proof of residency at the polls.
The Board of Registrars is required by State Statute to verify and update the name, address, age
and occupation of all residents. Compliance with the State requirement provides proof of
residency to protect voting rights, veterans’ bonus, school enrollment projections, housing for
the elderly and related benefits, as well as providing information for selection of jurors.
The Town Clerk uses the information to update and verify voting lists and to produce the list of
residents included in the annual STREET LIST*.
Please complete and return your census to the Town Clerk, as soon as possible. Drop boxes will
be available at the Council on Aging and the Town Library. Instructions 


Saturday, April 6th -
EB Jr/Sr High School Gymnasium
11:00am - 7:00pm
Absentee Ballots now available at Town Clerk's office, application required 

Check your voter status here:
Bridgewater Farm Supply is Your Complete Garden, Farm & Pet Store

Itching to get back in the garden? Can't wait to get your hands dirty? Why not start your own plants from seed this year? We have everything you need to start your little seedlings.
Stop by today!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104)
Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Annual Cookie & Craft Fair on Saturday, April 6th from 9:30-2pm. 

We will have many different crafters from all over the area and many different kinds of cookies for $9.00 a box. Luncheon from 11:30-1pm.

United Methodist Church
54 N Central St East Bridgewater
EB Community Gardens


Monday, April 8th, 6:30-8:00, EB Public Library, upstairs
Find out about EB Community Gardens!
All are welcome. 

Treat Yourself to a YUMMY Lunch!

We're Open:
Mon - Sat: 8am - 4pm  
Sunday: 8am - 2pm

12 Temple St. * Whitman
(781) 447-1064
Call today to get your
air ducts cleaned!
An air duct cleaning service is an investment not only in your health, but in the health of your HVAC system!
(781) 910-5029
18th Century Gravestones and Their Carvers in the...

Art event in West Bridgewater, MA by Old Bridgewater Historical Society on Sunday, April 14 2019 with 169 people interested.

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On Sunday, April 14th, Vincent Luti will be at the Old Bridgewater Historical Society to lecture about “18th Century Gravestones and Their Carvers in the Bridgewaters”.

 The program begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Memorial Building, located at 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater.
The Bridgewaters are a crossroad of 18th century gravestone carvers’ work. To the east, Plymouth County carvers and to the west, Bristol County carvers who took over from Newport carvers. 

During Professor Luti’s presentation, the audience will learn about the Bridgewater gravestone carver, Barney Leonard, and John & James New, Cephas Thompson, Nathan Hayward, and others whose work is found in the cemeteries of the Bridgewaters.
What will the Easter Bunny put in your basket this year?

Candy by color •
Old Fashioned candy • Sugar, Gluten & Peanut Free selections • Jelly Belly jelly beans • and Ty Beanies!

785 Bedford St. * Whitman
(781) 447-2639
199 W Center St, West Bridgewater

Contact us!:

East Bridgewater Friends of Seniors Clothing (& More Collection) Fundraiser!
From Friday, March 22nd through Saturday, April 27th, we will be collecting clothing and all kinds of accessories, outerwear, shoes & boots, linens-including sheets, towels, curtains, in an effort to raise money for programs & services for East Bridgewater Seniors.
If you have any clothing items to donate, please drop them off at the East Bridgewater Senior Community Center at 355 Plymouth St during regular center hours.
We need to collect at least 225 bags for the fundraiser, so clean out your closets and help a great cause!
It’s the perfect time of year to do some spring cleaning!
If you have a large donation, or want to drop off after hours, or on the weekend, please call Theresa at 508-350-9811 or email
(508) 378-3913
635 Plymouth St, East Bridgewater
Yoga for the rest of us!

New , 6-Week Beginners Series starts May 5! Space is limited. Call & register today!

More movement, less stress!

484 Bedford St, E. Bridgewater
(508) 331-3564

East Bridgewater Business Association $500 Scholarship 2019

EBBA is offering a scholarship in the amount of $500 for one graduating senior attending any accredited school (or home-schooled in agreement with EBPS) currently residing in East Bridgewater. Applicant must be pursuing further education in a business related career, including but not limited to management, finance, design, entrepreneurial or trade activities. 

Applicant must submit a resume which includes:
Contact info for student and high school. Clubs, music, sports or any extracurricular activities.
Awards. Work experience. Community service: we are particularly interested in East Bridgewater related volunteer efforts. 

Please submit a brief essay describing how East Bridgewater impacted your decision choose a business related career. Must be received by April 29, 2019 at East Bridgewater Business Association, PO Box 25, East Bridgewater, MA 02333
Decision made by May 14, 2019

Selection Process: 

Applications will be read by a sub-committee of the EBBA: called the Scholarship committee, comprised of 4 members. They will read and vote on applicants.  3 of 4 members must agree on which student to receive the award. Excluded entries: members of the EBBA Board of Directors and their immediate families are disqualified from applying. 

Once awarded student needs to attend an East Bridgewater Association Meeting to receive their payment. Facebook Page
The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University 
For Students:
Greenlight for Girls is an international organization that inspires girls of all ages and backgrounds to pursue STEM subjects by introducing them to the world of science in fun and exciting ways. We welcome 150 girls (age 11-15) from local communities to join us for an exciting day filled with hands-on science & technology workshops guided by STEM role model professionals, BSU faculty and staff. The event will take place on April 6, 2019. Additional information.

Summer Science Academy for Students Entering Grades 4-12
The Summer Science Academy offers one-week science classes for students grades 4-12. 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 class. Students in the middle school classes will also participate in extracurricular science activities. All classes focus on the importance of science communication as students lead presentations on the last day of class. Please visit to register.

For Parents:
Development of Multiplication and Division from Basic Facts to Multi-Digit (Grades 3-5)
From basic facts to long division, calculation skills do not happen overnight. Students must have a deep understanding of our number system to build upon each growing skill. Ultimately, we want students to be the most efficient thinkers possible. Learn about some of the skills students must master along the way to help them truly understand the traditional procedures many of us learned years ago. The workshop will be held at the Bridgewater Campus on April 10, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 PM. Please visit to register.
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Carriage Crossing
Come in for a taste of Summer at McGuiggan's Pub !
546 Washington St, Whitman
 (781) 447-7333
The American Legion Post 91 Serving East & West Bridgewater

Monthly Business Meeting April 16, 2019 7:30 Pm East Bridgewater Town Hall East Bridgewater, MA 02333

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Wednesday Lunch at Standish Grille
Barbara, Sally, Carol, and I have known each other since attending Elmwood School (2-room schoolhouse) together back in the 1940s. Carol and I have known each other forever, since our mothers were roommates at the old Goddard Hospital when we were born. When the 6 th  grades of the local elementary schools joined together at the high school building, we became classmates with Lynne Oakley and Cardie Madden.
All of us have been involved with the town of East Bridgewater in one way or another. Barbara Dearing married her high school sweetheart, Bob Dearing, who passed away a few years ago. Previously, she was a waitress/relish girl at the infamous Joppa Grille in the Elmwood section of E.B. Nowadays she lives right close by in Bridgewater. Lois Clark also worked at the Joppa Grille as a relish girl. She now resides in Bridgewater with Howard, her husband of 60+ years. Bill Stinchfield also worked at the Joppa Grille during his high school years.
Deanne Flint is the widow of Eddie Flint, who was in our class of 1954 at EBHS. Deanne was a resident of E.B. for many years. She retired from Shaw’s, after working there for 20 years. She currently works at the voting booths during the elections in E.B. Sally Aldrich was Postmaster at Elmwood P.O. for many years. Carol Owen worked for Woodard & Wright Last Company before getting a job at the Treasurer/Collector’s office at the Town Office, where she worked for many years before her retirement. My mother, Sybil Belknap, was a third grade teacher at the Central School for 20 years. Cardie Madden’s father, George Frahar, was the E.B. Town Clerk for many years. Lynne Oakley was the school nurse at the Middle School before her retirement. Phyllis Jezard was the secretary for the Principal at the Middle School, where she befriended Lynne Oakley.
Photo identification: Front row: Caroline (Frahar) Madden, Lynne (Ridder) Oakley, Phyllis Jezard. Back row: Barbara (Locke) Dearing, Deanne Flint, Sally (Flagg) Aldrich, Carol (Craig) Owen, and Betty (Belknap) Stirling. (Missing from photo: Lois (Glover) Clark.)
Every Wednesday there are eight of us octogenarians who meet for lunch at Standish Grille. Caroline (“Cardie”) Madden joins us on the 1 st  Weds. of each month. Lois Clark is one of the regulars. Occasionally we are joined by Shirley & Bill Stinchfield (Class of 1950, EBHS).

We not only enjoy a delicious lunch, but also enjoy reminiscing about our former school days. We share jokes and, in general, have a wonderful weekly get-together. We keep our waitress, Betty Cadger, hopping! 

Respectfully submitted,
Betty (Belknap) Stirling 

Have fun with us and bee entered to win

a $15 gift certificate to
 Pinches & Pounds Candy 
785 Bedford St (Rt 18) Whitman

Historical Tidbit Question:
What did Corporal Craig do to protect his comrades in September?

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
Raising Children:
We all have different philosophies on what is important to pass on to the next generation. Usually solid ethics, a sense of community and family, the ability to support themselves and live a fulfilled life are on the top of the list.

It's hard work, parenting, and sometimes we are challenged to answer questions we never thought about.

Now that my youngest of 4 is in his second year of college; my most important reflection is I have no regrets in choosing to spend more time with them over earning more money.

We had spring days walking to the playground. We picnicked under an oak reading the newest Harry Potter. We delivered lunches to the elderly, picked up trash in the neighborhood, we made jelly and kites. I now see the impact setting these priorities had on them: they have grown to be independent creative thinkers who care about their world.

Whatever your parenting and life choices, I would encourage you to take time for yourself to decide what is important to you. What kind of life do you want your children to live? What kind of world would you like to see created? Because these are the questions we are answering when we raise children, whether we think about it or not.
Most of all, enjoy them, not a day goes by that I don't wish that I could go back there, under that oak tree with them.

~ Jacquie
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