April 17, 2022 ~ 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. 
Celebrate National Poetry Month at the
Bridgewater Public Library

There are so many ways to celebrate poetry this April.

Grab one of our Blackout Poetry Take & Make craft kits at the front desk.

Join our Poetry Contest.

Grab a poetry button while looking at our National Poetry Month display.


Check out a book of poetry or a poetry movie.
Historical Tidbit: Eggsellent!
The tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs during springtime predates Christianity. In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth and has long been associated celebrating spring. For thousands of years, Iranians and others have decorated eggs on Nowruz, the Iranian New Year that falls on the spring equinox. Ancient pagans in Europe also observed the Spring Equinox as the return of the sun god — a rebirth of light and an emergence from the lean winter and painted eggs as part of that celebration.
From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Symbolism of the Easter Egg
  • An egg is a symbol of rebirth. According to Christian beliefs, Jesus rose from the dead on Easter, the egg, the symbol of rebirth commemorated that.
  • Easter eggs are also meant to represent the empty tomb.

Story credit: J. Rose & Greg Venezia
Image Credit: J. Rose ~ Romanian Easter eggs from 1985, still sealed and firm.

Sources: Christianity by Anne Jordan www.history.com/holidays/easter-symbols
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
Services available through phone, email & website only
 
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
508-697-3331
 
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
508-697-0929
 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
 508-697-6016
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p
Congratulations!
Sam Davis
won a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!
Accepting Entries April 18 to April 24

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A Short Story Entry from 2020 to inspire you to write!

A Bridgewater Christmas To Remember ~ by David Moore -

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Alice's Cafe & Program
April 21st
10a & 10:30a
COA or Zoom (call for link)

Breaking bread with Jack Phaneuf. He will show you the stages of baking a very special loaf of bread. Tasting required.

Every 1st and 3rd Thursday we gather at 10a for coffee with BSU students for an intergenerational learning experience, followed by a program at 10:30a for seniors & their friends. All are welcome!

Please RSVP 508-697-0929.
Grant-funded through the Old Colony Planning Council.
SAVE THE DATE:
UPCOMING TOWN ELECTION
Saturday, April 23

Contested seats on the school committee & new fire station vote! Your vote is important!
All Precincts 1 through 9 vote at the Mitchell Middle School: 166 Mt. Prospect St., Pursuant to MGL Ch. 54 §6, the Town of Bridgewater has changed its voting precincts as a result of population changes from the 2020 Federal Census.

April Donation Drive
We are looking for essential care items, soaps and body wash, shampoos and conditioners, toothbrushes along with comfort items, slippers and blankets.

Drop off your donations at the Bridgewater Public Library.

200 Years of North Bridgewater
Sunday, Apr 24th
2p
162 Howard St, WB
Join us for a talk about the bicentennial and history of North Bridgewater. Artifacts will be presented, followed by a Q&A. Presented by Bill Hogan, lifetime Brockton resident, city historian, president of DBM, and former owner of Hogie’s Hobbies.
Following lecture, we will have refreshments followed by our Annual Members Meeting.
(508) 559-1510 www.oldbridgewater.org
One Book, One Community Project in the Bridgewaters

Tue, April 19th - Book Discussion
7p
Flora T. Little Meeting Room

Wed. April 27th - Virtual Author Talk
7p
Zoom

Do you wonder what it would be like to emigrate to America as a Jew from Ukraine in 1990? Lev Golinkin wrote his story and will be available to talk about it and the current situation in Ukraine.

Get your free copies of the book, A backpack, a bear, and 8 crates of Vodka, now at the 3 participating Bridgewaters' libraries and senior centers. One Book, One Community is sponsored through Spring 2022, by Bridgewater State University.

Here is the link to find the Zoom meeting link when it gets posted: https://library.bridgew.edu/campus/OBOC
Come Visit Our
Country Creamery &
Pine Grove Park for a Sweet Treat and a Round of Mini Golf!

8 Romney Road Bridgewater
(508) 697-2273
Lions Club Car Wash
Sunday, May 1st
9a - 1p
300 Bedford St.
$5/ vehicle suggested donation
Proceeds to benefit community, Lions Charities & Mass Lions Eye Research Fund
Lions Club Youth Fishing Derby
Saturday, May 7th
7 - 10:30a
Skeeter Mill Pond, Water Street

Come down to the Annual Bridgewater Lions Club Fishing Derby and bring the family! Novice anglers welcome (14 and under). Night Crawlers will be supplied upon registration while they last. Prizes for all children. All you need is fishing gear! There is NO COST or fishing license required for this event. Contact Carl Hanson for more information or sponsorship for Derby. chanson565@yahoo.com.
BSU Softball v. Framingham - Game 1
April 9

Video Courtesy of BTV
Bridgewater Now: March 30
Including info on the BW Central Fire Station & the upcoming election.
Video Courtesy of BTV
Private Business Owners: 
We Are Looking for Board Nominations
Workforce Board of 24 oversees
$3.4 million budget 
for regional training, consulting
& programing

Benefits:
*learn about workforce development opportunities
*Be a voice in your industry 
Commitment: 
Monthly & quarterly meetings

Contact Jason Hunter, Director of operations jhunter@masshiregbwb.org
MassHire Greater Brockton
Career Center
34 School St, 2nd Floor, Brockton
Grants Rental


Could your lawn use a little TLC this spring?




Remember, big or small,
Grants Rental has the equipment you need to get the job done!

Work smarter, not harder!


10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Central Square Congregational Church Steeple

Our building restoration has begun! I’m pleased to report that because of our grant award from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), we were able to begin some much-needed work on the steeple.

It was completed in mid-March by our steeple jackman Chris Burgess, of The Burgess Company, based in Orleans. (Chris worked on our steeple back in 1999 when he refurbished the weathervane and installed 4 new clocks at the base of the tower.) The front louvres on the steeple were totally damaged and had been removed. The opening was boarded up to prevent the birds from entering the tower and to keep out the weather elements. It was an eyesore for all passers-by coming through the Bridgewater common.

With the generosity of the DAR, we were able to replace the louvres on all four sides of the steeple! We wish to express our true appreciation to DAR for their generosity to Central Square Congregational Church.

This is just the beginning of restoring the steeple. We are still waiting for the Town of Bridgewater CPC grant money to be released to us as soon as the deed restriction is in place. My estimate is this Fall (2022). Hiring a historical preservationist to obtain the deed restriction is a multi-step process and time consuming, but we continue to push all of the parties that play a role so that our project can keep moving forward.

Thank you,
Barbara I. Morey
HCBC Chairperson

PS -- we are still a long way from being able to realize our hopes that we can save our building from its somewhat sad state of repair. If you know of any funds or grants available or would like to contribute, please let us know. You can use the donate button at the top of this page and click on the "Historic renovation" donation line item. Thank you!

Photo credits to Gordon Brailsford and Dave Sheibley
For more info, check out the Central Square Congregational Church website: csccucc.org/steeple
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

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

Historical Tidbit Question:
From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent 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 April 20, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Yelena Salvador, & Greg Venezia.
Re-Birth

No matter who you are, where you are, the desire to get a "do-over" or fix our life hits us as we face difficulties, as we feel powerless, as we experience pain.

We strive for a better quality of life, we look for connection, we look for healing, we look for justice and we look for love and acceptance. Between us humans, and within the chaos of the universe.

Historically speaking, seekers, philosophers, and religious people have been doing this since the beginning of humanity. Some, like Moses, Abraham, Isiah, Jesus, and the Prophet Muhammad have given humanity powerful insights to live by.

Enter spring, in all its budding glory and new growth, reminding us of the many changes and opportunities for personal growth that are possible in our own lives. It is natural, it is almost impossible to avoid.

...And enter these few April weeks, when those of the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian traditions join Indigenous and Pagan cultures in recognizing the powerful impact these few weeks have on us.
So whether you are appreciating nature or a Creator's relationship with humanity, each day, each hour, brings us another chance to work toward a better life for all.

No matter the tradition you follow, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a thoughtful & joyful re-birth.

Enjoy. ~ Jacquie
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