WB Community Christmas Sharing Program
"Many of you have been part of the West Bridgewater Community Christmas Sharing Program for the 37 years we have been working together to provide Christmas for needy families in town. As you know, this year we had to do things differently to deal with the pandemic. Please read this thank you letter that I have sent out so you can see the extent of your good work!
Dear Friends,
A few weeks ago, I spoke to you about our 37th annual Christmas Sharing Program and said that with God’s love and your faith the community of St. Ann’s, First Church, Cochesett Methodist, and West Bridgewater would make miracles happen. Well, you did - again. You brought joy and love to the 35 families, 90 children, 30 Project Grads teen mothers and their 32 babies, and the 71 senior citizens in our Christmas Sharing program.
The parishioners of St. Ann’s, First Church, and Cochesett Methodist provided more than I could ever have imagined. The value of the gift cards and cash donations was more than $15,000. In addition, we received gifts for the seniors and teen moms. Beverly Bates, who hand makes cuddly animals donated 22 of them to our program, another generous person donated 108 new stuffed animals, and several people donated toys.
Each family received $100 in gift cards for each child and $50 or more in grocery cards, along with stuffed animals and toys as appropriate to the ages of the children. Each teen mom received $50 in gift cards, a winter hat and gloves, and a blanket sleeper and stuffed animal for their babies. Each senior citizen received a small bag of goodies and $50 in gift cards. Two lucky seniors received a homemade afghan, donated by a friend.
Local businesses, organizations, and families that have supported us in the past came through again with $3500, even as the economy became more difficult for them! Businesses included Turner Steel, Peter O’Connor from South Shore Supply, the W. B. Lion’s Club, the Bridgewaters Rotary Club, Raleigh Auto Body and Towing, Noonan Waste Service, Clean Portable Restroom, Hockomock Liquors, and W.B Fire Department. Organizations include the Wheels of Time and the Brockton Youth Hockey Moms. Gift Cards and cash donations from the community and the three churches made up the rest of the funds.
The families, teen mothers and their babies, and senior citizens were all overwhelmed by your generosity. In these awful times, you all made a difference in their lives.
I can’t offer enough thanks to the elves who worked on the program this year: Lynne, Leslie, Jenny, Charlotte and Arlene from the churches; Joan from the WB Emergency Fund; Ana from Project Grads; Fran from the Council on Aging; and Cecelia, John, Sandy, Elaine, Megan, Mary, Nancy, Jim, and Kristen who helped deliver senior citizen gifts. What a wonderful way to share God’s love!
Thank you all for helping us to make miracles happen! No matter what you did, even if it was just a prayer for our families, seniors, teens, or babies, it was, and is, important.
Bless you all.
Linda Santry"
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.

Town Hall

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month 3 - 4p
Proof of residency is the only requirement.
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB
Kimberly Bamberg
won a
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's!
(Route 106)
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.
You could win a
4-week virtual Yoga beginner series
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 the 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!

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!!
The Harvestwood Pantry
The Sharkey Family put a free little food pantry stand on their property at 47 Harvestwood Drive (with approval from the town). 

Jon Sharkey (image credit) built it himself and installed it on Christmas Day.

“Take what you need, give what you can.” Please spread the word about it and take what is needed. The Sharkeys encourage others to put a mini pantry on their property to help nourish neighborhoods. Thank you Jon and Vanessa!
A message from the Chief: 
** We have great and caring residents in this Town**
I was reluctant to post this message due to the fact this resident/physician may get upset that his name is being mentioned, but I couldn’t let his dedication, and service go unnoticed. I can’t say enough about Doctor Hank Crowley, a WB resident and our Town’s Medical Director. Doctor Crowley has given so much of his time over the years to the police department, fire department and our Board of Health. I still remember the many times over the past 20 years seeing Dr. Crowley pulling up in his personal vehicle to assist us on major medical calls and serious motor vehicle accidents. He has always been there for us (Police & Fire) and our community. During this very difficult time, Covid-19 has changed the way we conduct our business and has affected so many, and yet again I call upon Dr. Crowley for his expertise and assistance. Dr. Crowley continues to make himself available for our department and assists me whenever I call. Our department and community are extremely lucky to have such a dedicated public servant. If you see Dr. Crowley around town, be sure to thank him for his service, I have.
~ Chief Victor R. Flaherty Jr.
BSU's MLK 2021 Virtual Engagement Series

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The winner of the 2020 Million Dollar Christmas Tree is Dan Conrad!
Thank You everyone that purchased tickets to help support the West Bridgewater Lions Club! facebook.com/WestBridgewaterLionsClub
is now at Friendship Park Playground !!
Image & story credit: Christine Myaskovsky
Great materials to borrow curbside from the
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.
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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
Jingle Bells, West Bridgewater Style!
“One of our seniors, Alli Adams, has created some holiday cheer for all. This will put a smile on your face. Great job Alli.“
~ Christine Page, WBMSHS Principal
Alli Adams produced this video of the West Bridgewater Schools staff singing their rendition of Jingle Bells. Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays to the lil guys and gals at the West Bridgewater elementary schools!

Polar Express Reading with Superintendent, Mark Bodwell
Shot by Kaley Krivelow, Sophia Crandall, and Ashley Flaherty

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 Historical Tidbit Question:
In which countries might you find rice pudding served 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, 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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