August 2, 2020
 ~ 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. 

Representatives of the Mattakeeset Tribe of the Massachuseuk Indian Nation as well as other Tribes spoke in Bridgewater Center last Saturday. Their speech was followed up with a homecoming ceremony at Titicut.
They were guests at our Historical Commission Meeting on Tuesday where we have begun to plan how to properly record the events in The Town’s history.

Fred Clark on Returning to School and Social Justice

Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi Interviews Bridgewater State University President Fred Clark to discuss the safe return to Hybrid classes in the Fall; Jabbar and Fred also have a candid discussion on Social Justice and How BSU has joined the movement.

You can watch online and download a copy by clicking here:
Historical Tidbit:
   Central Square Congregational Church
The Bridgewater Central Square Congregational Church, in the southwest corner of our common, hasn't always looked the way it does today. The first Congregational Church had a typical Gothic design and was identical to the Rochester Congregational Church. Our church burned to the ground in 1860 and was replaced with the one we see today.

Respectfully submitted by David Moore  
The Search For An Internship During COVID

By Sasha Rockwell When my Junior year at Bridgewater State University started in the Fall of 2019, I knew it was the perfect time to take advantage of learning opportunities on and off-campus. But I didn't expect it to go the way it did.

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Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Mon - Thur 8a - 4p, Fri 8a - 1p Services available through phone, email & website only
Check Town website for needed updates
Public Library
15 South Street
Mon - Wed 9a - 8p 
Thurs 10a - 5p, Fri & Sat 10a - 2p
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
The Bridgewater Senior Center is closed to the public. However, the following services will continue: Meals on Wheels and medical appointment/grocery store transportation services.
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 8 p
Joanne Keith
won a 16 oz Bee Charmed candle, (value $15.99) from Bee Charmed Gift Shop
494 N. Bedford St (Rt 18) East Bridgewater

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Bridgewater COA Top of the Hill Newsletter

The Senior Center Van schedule:
Market Basket Tuesday & Wednesday

New! Medical Appointment Mondays—call for details.
Please call us to sign up 508-697-0929.
No more than 5 people per trip.

Is it safe to go to the grocery store?
Try to minimize visits outside of your home. The biggest risk factor is being around other people. If you shop outside of your home, wear a mask, & maintain a 6 foot buffer around yourself. It’s hard to maintain a safe distance from cashiers, so use self-checkout and hand sanitizer when possible.

A VOLUNTEER is available to shop for you. Please call or email us to be connected 508-697-0929 .
Create a Professional Home Office on a Budget

Wednesday, August 5th
In today's times a home office has become a necessity with many considerations.  Join interior designer Jennifer Collins as she discusses steps to follow to make a professional work environment. This program takes place with federal funds provided by the Museum and Library Services by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  Registration is required.

-Dance Plan -Summer, 2020-
-Bridgewater Senior Center Parking Lot-
  Two Free dance sessions: Please join us!
Friday, August 7, 7:00-8:00p, and Friday, August 21, 6:30-7:30p  

(If sufficient interest and success, perhaps continue into September and meet on some Saturday afternoons, once or twice during the month, from 4:00-5:00p)
Please let me know if you are coming.
Hoping this will work!

  1. Dancing will be in the main, front parking lot of the Senior Center. Dancers would be safely spaced by using the existing parking spaces and cone markers, each dancer in a parking space (room for about 20-25) or at a marker, thus forming an oval.
  2. Considering that we would be properly distanced and outdoors, masks may not be necessary while dancing.
  3. The dance program would include circle (mostly international folk dances) and line dances, with no touching or interaction between dancers. 
  4. There will be no bathroom facilities available, (the building will be closed) and dancers need to bring their own drinks. (Maybe bring a lawn chair, if you want to rest.)
  5. Cars should be parked in the gravel area to the right of the usual parking area.
  6. Any socializing/chatter, etc., should be limited to three or four people, all with masks on and all properly distanced.
  7. Dance cancelled if excessive heat, rain or threat of rain.
Shelter, Place, Social, Distance
Contemporary Dialogues from the Permanent Collection
August 6– November 22, 2020 
(August 6 Museum opens to the general public.)
High Resolution Images are available via Dropbox here
“The long path from material through purpose to creative work has only a single goal: To create order out of the godforsaken confusion of our time.” —Mies van der Rohe,  Not at Home , 1938
Since the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption around the world, from economic uncertainty to national public health emergencies to mandated quarantines. As the global community struggled to make sense of it all, an explosion of new words and phrases emerged. This pervasive terminology—shelter in place, social distancing, flatten the curve, PPE, and more—offered a practical shorthand with which to frame the rapidly changing world and united us through shared cultural touch points.
While many terms are inextricably associated with the pandemic, certain words, when decontextualized, represent recurring themes in contemporary craft. In this regard,  Shelter, Place, Social, Distance: Contemporary Dialogues from the Permanent Collection  adopts the COVID-19 lexicon as a conceptual springboard for exploring how the universal subjects of home, place, community, and distance are represented in Fuller Craft Museum’s permanent collection. 
Fuller Craft Museum is honored to present these extraordinary objects as we welcome visitors back to our galleries following the COVID-19-related museum shutdown. Like all great works of art, the forms invigorate our understanding of the times in which we live.
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
Falls Prevention Exercises from Bridgewater Council on Aging

Exercise 1 – chair sit to stand
Sit in a sturdy, stable chair with arms. From a standing position, reach back to the armrests to use as a
guide and extra support and slowly sit down in the
chair. Be sure to use the leg muscles and not drop
down into the chair.

Then, use both legs and arms (pushing down on armrests) together to stand up. Then, pause for a moment. Repeat. Work toward a goal of 10 repetitions, feeling steady and confident the whole time.
If that becomes too easy, increase the intensity by
using only one hand. The next level after that is to
keep arms crossed in front of chest and not use
them at all.

For extra safety, especially when first starting
these exercises, keep another sturdy chair in front
in case your older adult loses balance or feels
weak while doing the exercise.

Exercise 2 – marching in place
Hold on to a sturdy chair back or a counter top.

Stand with good posture and bring knees up to-
ward the chest, like marching in place.

Do this slowly and deliberately, using muscles
instead of momentum.

Aim for 10 knee raises for each leg, or 20 marching steps

New Bestsellers Available Now

What’s this? It’s a cart of NEW BESTSELLERS! Which book do you want to read? James Patterson and Danielle Steel are a couple of new books just processed. Place books on hold with your SAILS library card!
Storybear gets around!

Have you been watching Storybear during story time on our YouTube channel?  This week after story time he went on a picnic with some of his other story time friends! Telling stories sure does make him hungry. Make sure you keep watching all our library friends!

Marathon Park Update

Since late winter, the Town has been trying to find a playground equipment company to respond to the town's request for a site visit and pricing to repair and replace portions of the equipment at Marathon Park. The company that originally manufactured the existing equipment is no longer in business. Fortunately, they were able to find a company with similar equipment, and they have visited the site. They are awaiting an estimate on all the park repairs. In the meantime, the Town has removed some equipment that had serious, unrepairable issues.

Updates on the progress will be posted here on Town of Bridgewater, MA Facebook
We have what you NEED this summer!
Come see what we have to make your home or farm the best it can be! Shop us today!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater  (508) 697-0357
Stay Active!

Greetings Bridgewater Residents and Community Partners,
Life is all about balance and we want you to take care of you.  
Every Tuesday at 8a  will be a one hour Zumba class with Jen and every  Wednesday at 10a  will be a one hour  Tai Chi  class.
** Registration  will be a little different than we have done in the past because of the virus. Please rest assure we are taking the highest safety precautions necessary to offer these outdoors opportunities. Register by emailing your name and phone # to .
We will then contact registrants by phone the day before class to notify them of their Zumba or Tai Chi day. If someone cancels, we will take the next person on the list to fill the space.
All participants will need a MySeniorCenter keycard for check-in & if you do not have one, please call us to have one made.
We look forward to seeing you!
-Bridgewater Council on Aging
Thank You Cert Team!

Bridgewater Fire Department would like to thank their CERT Team for taking the time to check in with the residents at Hemlock Drive and Heritage Circle on July 27th. They had 10 team members who volunteered to go door to door to check in with the residents during this extreme heat. Thank you for all you do for our community!

Upcoming Roadwork

Road construction is planned for Bridge Street beginning the second week of August. The work is expected to last through the middle of September. The street will be down to one lane during most of the construction and closed completely at times. If possible please seek an alternate route during construction.

If you have any questions regarding this project please contact the Roadways Department at 508-697-0931.
The 2020 Census is happening now.

You can respond online, by phone, or by mail.
Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and Bridgewater each year. They support senior services too!

If you have not responded to the 2020 federal census we encourage you to do so ASAP. The census provides population information which reflects where the billions of dollars in funds are distributed for critical social services, education and infrastructure.

Participation in the federal census therefore has real fiscal consequences for our community. If you need assistance completing the census online, please call Bridgewater Council On Aging at 508-697-0929 and they can assist you.
Fill out the Census Here

By law, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. That's protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.

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52 Weeks Logo & Link Ad in 1 Hive

For $99 / each month, your Logo & Link ad is in 1 Buzz Around town e-newsletter each week. Ad rotates monthly between Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater & Whitman.

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Books For Brockton: Brockton Public Library organized by ...

Join me in making a real difference. Brockton Public Library provides access to educational & cultural programs and resources to the greater Brockton Area, free!!! Brockton Library Foundation ... taking this a step further ... is giving away...

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Stepping up Brockton Book Drive.  

Thursday nights in September we will have pick up spots in the Bridgewater area, making it easy for Bridgewater local folks to drop of their slightly used books ~ time to start cleaning out your shelves! ~ or make a donation please!

Vote By Mail

Look for the application in your mailbox or here is a link to download the application.
In July, a new law was passed to allow all registered voters in Massachusetts to vote by mail in any 2020 election, with no excuse needed.
As required by the new law, a Vote by Mail application will be mailed to every person who was registered to vote by July 1 and who had not already requested an absentee ballot for the State Primary or for all elections this year. A second mailing will be sent out in September to all voters who have not already applied for a Vote by Mail ballot for the November election. The applications are pre-addressed to your local election official and no postage is necessary.

Vote by Mail applications must be delivered to your local election office no later than 4 business days before the election. For a State Primary ballot, your application must reach your local election office no later than August 26. For a State Election ballot, your application must reach your local election office no later than October 28.

If you wish to vote by mail, you are strongly encouraged to return your application as early as possible, to make sure that you will receive your ballot in time to return it and have it be counted.

Vote by Mail applications are available for  download  and may also be requested by  contacting the Elections Division .
You can find more information on voting by mail on our  Voting by Mail FAQs  page.

Paperback Junction
School summer reading books
for all area schools!
Call, message or email and we will have your order ready for you!

Proudly serving our community for 35 years

619 Washington St.
South Easton
Take classes from home with BLISS THROUGH YOGA !
Offering Svaroopa® Yoga classes via Zoom

Now Booking Yoga Therapy &
Private Yoga Sessions
In home and in studio sessions available

Contact Janice to register

Find YOUR bliss at Bliss Through Yoga!

Yoga for the Rest of Us!

75B Scotland Blvd
PTU Annex, Bridgewater
(508) 331-3564

Sunflowers In Bridgewater

Jenn Owen captured a picture of beautiful sunflowers growing in front of the Saint Thomas Aquinas church in Bridgewater.

They are a very popular sight for the people who take daily walks by them.

Picture credit: Jenn Owen

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a free 30 minute virtual wellness consult and a custom roller bottle, made with Doterra essential oils for your specific health concerns (worth $40!) from independent consultant Chris Ventura.

Historical Tidbit Question :
What type of design did the first Congregational church have? 

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 August 5, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Sand in Your Shorts

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun. ~ Sandy Gingras

The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul. ~ Robert Wyland

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

You’re not a wave, you’re a part of the ocean. ~ Mitch Albom
Hey folks, it's 10 degrees cooler at the beach, just in case you didn't know....
And if you can't get to the beach, a kiddie pool (for your feet), a beach chair, a fan and ice cream, and, well, some sand in your shorts will have to do! : )
Have a great week! ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by:   Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, & Kayla Rose.
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