January 3, 2021 ~
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. 
Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters
3rd Annual Polar Plunge!!!

Committee Co-Chairs Margarida Baganha & Betty Rada welcome co-plungers  Nick McCummings, Janet Dye & Frances Jeffries.

Fundraising efforts assist in fighting hunger and homelessness at the local & international level.

Plunge happened on 1st but we still welcome any donations...
We are thankful for those that have helped us reach 70% of our Polar Plunge goal. Your donation will help fight hunger and homelessness at the local & international levels.

There’s still time to donate!

Historical Tidbit:
New Year's Eve

In 46 B.C. the emperor Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar, which closely resembles the more modern Gregorian calendar that most countries around the world use today. As part of his reform, Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year to honor Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future. Romans celebrated by offering sacrifices to Janus, exchanging gifts with one another, decorating their homes with laurel branches and attending raucous parties.

New Year’s celebrations begin New Year’s Eve and continue into the early hours of January 1. "In Spain and several other Spanish-speaking countries, people bolt down a dozen grapes-symbolizing their hopes for the months ahead-right before midnight. In many parts of the world, traditional New Year’s dishes feature legumes, which are thought to resemble coins and herald future financial success; examples include lentils in Italy and black-eyed peas in the southern United States. Because pigs represent progress and prosperity in some cultures, pork appears on the New Year’s Eve table in Cuba, Austria, Hungary, Portugal and other countries. Ring-shaped cakes and pastries, a sign that the year has come full circle, round out the feast in the Netherlands, Mexico, Greece and elsewhere. In Sweden and Norway, meanwhile, rice pudding with an almond hidden inside is served on New Year’s Eve; it is said that whoever finds the nut can expect 12 months of good fortune. " (History.Com)

The dropping of a giant ball in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight has taken place almost every year since 1907. Over time, the ball itself has ballooned from a 700-pound iron-and-wood orb to a brightly patterned sphere 12 feet in diameter and weighing in at nearly 12,000 pounds.

Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
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Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30 p
Kimberly Bamberg
won a
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's!
(Route 106)
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

Play our
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You could win a
4-week virtual Yoga beginner series
BSU's MLK 2021 Virtual Engagement Series

Participate January 4-20, 2021

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This winter, "Get Snowed In" with Bridgewater Public Library!
Log your reading minutes in Beanstack to earn badges & the chance to win prizes. For each 15 minutes you read, you will receive one snowball badge. Each snowball badge will give you a ticket. Earn extra snowballs by interacting with Bridgewater Public Library - view our videos, leave reviews of books and more! Use your tickets to enter one contest or split up the tickets to enter many. Parents, you can read to your kids and log for them - ebooks and audiobooks count as well!

Watch our progress! We will make a snowball for each badge completed and hang them on our windows. Come to the Library and view the windows to watch us get snowed in as more people read! Watch our front windows for snowflakes as people join our reading program.

This program began but you can still register: bridgewaterpubliclibrary.beanstack.org.
We have what you need!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357

America The Beautiful... Shine Us into the New Year
As we continue to show our love and support for each other... through the darkest days... lights are going up all over town.
Between now - January 14, 2021, each week, one lucky submission will receive a $25 gift certificate to... where else... Johnny Macaroni's!
Lets light the way to 2021!! bwater@buzzaround.info
District Wide Clothing Drive
Now - January 15, 2021
Drop-offs located at each school building.
Contact your local school with questions.
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
A look back…
2020 HIGHS – watching a community of strong seniors overcome a pandemic & care for one another, community, staff who coordinated countless classes, appointments & programs to help the community, interns, outdoors exercise classes, Elder Affairs Commission feedback & encouragement to get through this as a TEAM, The Reunion Project, new partnerships with Bridgewater State University, virtual programs, vigil to remember those we lost, reinventing our programs & services to meet the needs of the community, listening to you & how you’re doing, volunteers who delivered over 6,000 Meals on Wheels & 3,520 bistro-to-go meals to seniors, an infinite number of cards & notes from the seniors to COA staff AND university & elementary school students to seniors – just to name a few!

2020 LOWS – closing the building to the public & not seeing the groups & participants who call the Cole-Yeaton Senior Center their home-away-from-home  this alone says it all.

This winter, we will be bringing you more connection to one another, the outdoors, & better health. We want each of you to try something new. It can be hard to try new things and change our behaviors, but this year give at least one new thing a try. We curated new outdoor social programs, virtual fitness classes, outdoor en plein air art classes, Alice’s Café – a new program for people with memory loss & their caregivers, programs held over the telephone (not to be missed!), bistro-to-go home cooked meal program (waitlist listed, $5/meal charge includes delivery), & new interns Rachel, Allison, Zachary, Tamara, & Aubrey to boot. Please welcome them.

Happy New Year everyone. As a community member once said to me, “Stay up until midnight, not to welcome the new year in, but to make sure the old year leaves.”

Be well.

Emily Williams, Director

Bridgewater Council on Aging Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way, Bridgewater
Delivering Good Cheer!
On December 16, The Order of Sons of Italy in America® Peter B. Gay Lodge #540 proved that a worldwide pandemic does not deter them from their well-known generosity of spirit and service to the community. This local chapter provided good cheer and a delicious holiday meal to members of CO-OP, a local non-profit agency supporting individuals with disabilities living in the southeast region of Massachusetts, including close to two dozen individuals in our local area with 11 currently residing in Bridgewater and surrounding towns.
While the usual holiday party wasn’t possible this year, the Sons of Italy again teamed up with DeAvila's Restaurant & Catering to provide a celebratory lunch for CO-OP individuals and staff, all delivered to homes by the Sons of Italy Christmas elves.
According to CO-OP President and CEO, Joyce Faria, “We are so grateful that this yearly tradition continued. All of us at CO-OP are moved by a willingness to adjust to our new normal of social distancing to keep everyone safe. For the 15th consecutive year, The Columbia Cultural Trust and The Peter B. Gay Lodge gave us some holiday kindness and cheer. We sincerely thank everyone involved, especially the many members of the Gay family (David, Bethany, Francis, Willie, and Cheryl), Lodge President Richard Simmons and family members Gil and Carol, John Uva, Louis Loura, Kathy Campanirio, Peter Nascimento, Carlos and Joy DeAvila, and Taunton Councilman John McCaul, affectionately known as our Biggest Elf. This act of kindness made many people happy.”
CO-OP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting local citizens with disabilities in a variety of residential and day programs, employment supports, and clinical services. Founded in 1972 and currently serving approximately 450 individuals and family members in Southeastern Massachusetts, CO-OP’s mission focuses on individualized services and community participation.
Pictured: Carlos DeAvila, John McCaul, Bethany Gay, Joy DeAvila
Picture & Story Credit: www.co-op.cc.
Shared with us by South Shore Hospital's Youth Health Connection
Calm Classroom offers a variety of resources to help our young children center and cope with this stressful world: including 3 minute recorded meditations.
Calm Classroom

Self-awareness is the ability to be aware of one's inner life-one's emotions, thoughts, behaviors, values, goals, strengths, challenges, attitudes, mindsets- and how these elements impact our decisions.

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United Way of Greater Plymouth County informational workshop
for any nonprofit interested in applying for FY2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) United Way funding.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Snow date January 15, 2021
9a to 11a
Virtually via Zoom
All interested agencies, including first time applicants, are required to attend the workshop to be eligible for funding consideration.
With a mission to “unite people, ideas and resources to improve the lives of people in Greater Plymouth County”.
Initiatives this funding cycle must pertain to these five LIVE UNITED Community Recovery areas:
• Feeding Our Families (Health)
• Preventing Evictions & Ending Homelessness (Financial Stability)
• Accessing Affordable Health Services (Health)
• Returning to Learning for Our Children & Youth (Education)
• Aspiring to Hire for Our Recently Unemployed (Financial Stability)
Critical to our work in meeting these needs is the realization that for people of diverse backgrounds these challenges are greater and deeper in terms of their degree and complexity. This means that we must direct significantly greater attention and enhance our sensitivity to the issues of race, equity and justice as we design our solutions to our communities’ problems.
Request for Proposal (RFP’s) packets will be available online following the workshop.
Anyone interested in attending, RSVP to Kim Allen, Director of Community Relations & Marketing, United Way of Greater Plymouth County, kallen@uwgpc.org.

For more info: www.uwgpc.org/funding.
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Find YOUR bliss at Bliss Through Yoga!
Yoga for the Rest of Us!

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New Virtual Program!
Join Jenny this week as she shows you the ox head fold in celebration of the New Year.

Virtual Book Club
January 19th at 7:00 pm
Zoom ID coming soon.
"The Stationery Shop of Tehran"
by Marjan Kamali
Copies available during curbside pickup. Let us know you would like a copy

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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The Prisco Family started the Families Feeding Families Fund when we found ourselves in Covid-Land. They gained momentum as we hit Thanksgiving and now giving is a daily, even hourly activity for the Priscos. As they settle in for a Christmas brake, Steve takes a moment to thank all of those who helped make this beautiful Christmas giving happen:
"The Prisco Family would like to thank Our Bridgewater Community for all of there ongoing support this past year. All of us have many experiences due to Covid, some good and some not so good, that we will carry with us for ever. Hopefully this pandemic has humbled us all to be better humans. Through the help of our customers filling our 5 gallon bucket at the store, we have been able to feed many. Nancy & I are blown away with the support of Bridgewater & Friends. Just yesterday (12/23/20), as our staff were working hard to prepare meals for our seniors, a vendor and friend of Prisco's, Mr David Nessralla of Clean Portable Restrooms and Noonan Waste Service of West Bridgewater presented us a huge check of $1,000!! This will feed hundreds of people! Talk about a blessing! David Nessralla, Thank You 1000% for your generosity ! (He didn't want any publicity).
Also, a Thank You to, John Luck BTV9, Alicia Stone The Enterprise News, Karen Peabody, Danielle Gaylor of Brownie Troop 67005, Lou and Jan DeFeo from E.Bridgewater for the homemade cookies that our Seniors needed no matter what the doctor says!! Also the Prisco kitchen: Brianna Foster, Carolyn Drowne, Rebecca Strickland, Lillianna Piccini and my rock NANCY PRISCO!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!! " ~ Stephen Prisco
Families Feeding Families Fund feeds 100 Bridgewater Seniors Christmas Ham Dinners delivered by Bridgewater Brownie Troop 67005
Image &story credits: facebook.com/PriscosBridgewater

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 Historical Tidbit Question:
In which country might you eat a dozen grapes on New Year's Eve?

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On January 6, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Michelle Montella, Janice O'Brien, & Jacquelyn Rose
(Backstory: 2020 wanted to give us one more kick in the pants, three pairs of eyes missed that we hadn't changed the year on the newsletters, but we aren't so easily defeated! Here is your REAL 2021 BuzzAround!)

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
~ Henry David Thoreau

"You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction."
~ Alvin Toffler

"To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others."
~ Sophie Swetchine

Hello our Fabulous Readers!
Welcome to 2021!
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*    HR, Employee Management & Healthcare Solutions
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Here's wishing you an inspiring redirection! ~ Jacquie
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