April 26, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
West Meadow Wildlife Reservation
Photo Credits: Keith Beckford keithbeckfordphoto.weebly.com
Do you like to write? Do you have a good story to share?
Could you use $100?
Enter our short story contest.
Write an original non-fiction short story related to one of the BuzzAround Hives: Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater or Whitman. Due 5/8/20.

4 prizes of $100 each will be awarded on May 21, 2020 to the best non-fiction short stories in these categories:
Popular vote: Vote on stories from May 11 -17, 2020 The popular vote will include all short stories submitted that meet the above criteria.
Brockton:  3 Brockton librarians, Malice Veiga, Jennifer Belcher and Kevin Nascimento will judge stories submitted related to Brockton.
East Bridgewater, Halifax & Whitman: Michelle “Shel” Stephen (EB), Jean Gallant (Halifax) and Barbara Bryant (Whitman) from our public libraries will award a winner from stories submitted for Whitman, East Bridgewater and Halifax.
Bridgewater, Raynham, and West Bridgewater: Ann Gerald (Bridgewater),
Ellen Snoeyenbos (WB) , Jessie McKinney (Raynham) from our public libraries will award a winner from stories submitted for Bridgewater, Raynham and West Bridgewater.
What's Your Good News?

Let us know your good news! We are accepting original non-fiction short stories related to one of the BuzzAround Hives: Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater or Whitman. Entry form to fill out is at the...

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Entries must be 1,000 words or less.

We are accepting one story per person until May 8, 2020.

4 prizes of $100 each will be announced on May 21, 2020.
What we as a nation are facing right now might seem insurmountable but our ancestors faced a very similar situation just over 100 years ago. We will get through this together and come out stronger on the other side.
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. Walter Reed Hospital flu ward. One of the very few images in Washington area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919, which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe. Most victims succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection.
sue and her plant 2011
Respectfully submitted by Sue Basille
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Check town website for needed updates.

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

Food Pantry
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
3:15 - 5p
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB
Karen Walsh
a 45 min Reiki Treatment from
Jacquelyn Rose to be used when restrictions are lifted.

You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win
a $10 gift certificate to Mama Deb's food truck. Enjoy delicious fresh Italian food or purchase some sauce to take home.
Go to mamadeb.biz for upcoming food truck events!
The Power of Positivity!
"I asked my TV1 (Television Production 1) students to give me a video of something positive. I got a great mix of pets, kind words, drawings, flowers and so much more! We hope you enjoy our video of positivity!" Mr. Scott Cray
Video courtesy of WBTVPRO.
Message from the Chief
Other Essential Workers:
The men and women in blue, fire/EMS, and our medical workers are inherently placed in harm’s way due to our professions. Yes, we are “essential” personnel during the current State of Emergency but we cannot forget about the many other essential unsung heroes. The workers in our grocery stores, drug store staff, pharmacists, postal workers, truck drivers are important as well.

These individuals didn’t sign up to go to work each day to face such issues. They haven’t received any specialized training. Despite that, they continue to answer the call and go to work every day to serve their community. In our profession, we often hear from our residents, “Thanks for your service.” On behalf of the West Bridgewater Police Department, I would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and Thank You for your service.
WB Police are available to check your child car seats for proper installation.
Arrange a FaceTime appointment.
They want to provide as much service in this area as possible and will be seeking to do so through virtual safety checks. One of their certified child seat technicians can assist you virtually (i.e. FaceTime) with your child safety seat. Please EMAIL Sergeant Russell Regan to inquire about an appointment ( RREGAN@WBPD.COM).
04-21-20 WB Water Commissioners Mtg
Video Courtesy of WBTV
The Board of Commissioners meet on the first and third Monday of the month beginning at 5p.
Wayne Parks

Kerry Buckley
Office Manager 508) 894-1271
Stay home and dress up your gardens!
Order your mulch online today!
We have wood pellets, feed & grain and
we're open for essential items!

Please call with your order and drive up.

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

West Bridgewater Trivia Night
Ellen did a great job hosting tonight’s trivia night! The theme was food! Questions came from movies, TV, brands, characters and other categories. Join next Thursday ( 4/30/20 6:30pm) on Facebook live for a “lucky” theme and play along for a friendly community game. West Bridgewater Public Library FB Page
~ Jen Bellody
 Taunton River Watershed Association (TRWA) is looking for a volunteer to help with their Calendar Photo Contest
Needed: A volunteer to take over the coordination of entries for our yearly photography contest. This is a job that can be done remotely on your own schedule, but would require some dedication as the workload is variable. Most of the work occurs in the month before and the week after the entry deadline. All told, it amounts to about forty hours of work from the beginning of July to the first week of August.
Responsibilities would include:
• Checking email correspondence for entries and inquiries
• Download all entry photographs
• Send confirmation emails
• Correspond after the judging with the entrants and send appropriate win/lose notifications
Cool benefits include corresponding with an amazing group of nature photographers and getting to view over 400 amazing photographs of the Taunton River Watershed.
If interested please fill out the Volunteer Form. They look forward to hearing from you.
We Are Hiring Account Representatives

Our local economies have been severely impacted. Our small local businesses need help recovering. You can help. Small companies create 1.5 million jobs annually and account for 64 percent of new jobs created in the United States.

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Family Engagement Needs Assessment
Massachusetts is the recipient of a Statewide Family Engagement Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
As a recipient of that grant and in order to learn more about the relationships that schools and families have with one another, DESE must annually conduct an assessment of families’ and educators’ needs related to family engagement. I encourage you to participate in this survey by visiting this website.
Weekly Online Laughter Yoga

West Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesdays April 28th, May 5th & 12th; 11a

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Grant's sends out support & care to all of our communities.
We're all in this together.

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
 (508) 279-0950

Founded in 1990 as a Christian practice; the mission of Bethel Family Medicine is to serve God by providing compassionate, high-quality medical care for every member of the family in a warm, welcoming environment.

111 Torrey St, Brockton (508) 588-1200
"West Bridgewater let’s use this
to shout out to ALL essential employees just how much we appreciate their efforts!
Take a drive by, say a prayer, or pause for a moment with a positive thought of hope and gratitude, thumbtack a note, think about ALL THE ESSENTIAL WORKERS and help bust open this door. On the corner of Bryant St and Arch Street near the town park.
Or sticking to the theme of working remotely feel free to virtually stop by. Leave a comment here I can try to print and add to the door.
Special Thanks to Carolyn’s Sister and Brother in law who started the idea to shout out hope and gratitude for my wife Carolyn. By the time they arrived with the door It was immediately changed to be for ALL OF YOU WORKING OUT THERE IN THESE SCARY TIMES.
WE THANK YOU!" John Butler
New Library Service
Need help?
Chat with us online at westbpl.org.
Mon-Fri 10a - 5p
Teaching with i-Tree - Project Learning Tree

Free : "This is something we can actually use with real-world application." - Patti Farris, science teacher, Ramsey Jr. High, Ft. Smith, AR "Very cool program." - Jane Houseal, Arkansas Master Naturalists Project

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Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
$10 gift certificate to Mama Deb's food truck. Enjoy delicious fresh Italian food or purchase some sauce to take home.
Go to mamadeb.biz for upcoming food truck events!

Historical Tidbit Question:
In what years was the influenza outbreak?

Please submit your answer through our website here . It's easier for us to run more contests & distribute prizes this way.
We are looking forward to giving you more opportunities to win!

By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's Buzz Around Bridgewater.

On April 29, 2020 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, Megan Piche, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia
A Warning from the Vermicious Knids
“But if they’re so fierce and dangerous,” Charlie said, “why didn’t they eat us up right away in the Space Hotel? Why did they waste time twisting their bodies into letters and writing SCRAM?”
“Because they’re show–offs,” Mr. Wonka replied. “They’re tremendously proud of being able to write like that.”
“But why say scram when they wanted to catch us and eat us?”
“It’s the only word they know,” Mr. Wonka said.
Since April is poetry month, here is my first and favorite poet, the very weird Roald Dahl, and the first poem I ever memorized: The Vermicious Knid. It is still recited at family gatherings, a poem to be conquered, really. From Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator : 'Hello, you great Knid! Tell us, how do you do? You're a rather strange colour today. Your bottom is purple and lavender blue. Should it really be looking that way? Are you not feeling well? Are you going to faint? Is it something we cannot discuss? It must be a very unpleasant complaint, For your backside's as big as a bus! Let me get you a doctor. I know just the man For a Knid with a nasty disease. He's a butcher by trade which is not a bad plan, And he charges quite reasonable fees. Ah, here he is now! "Doc, you really are kind To travel so far into space. There's your patient, the Knid with the purple behind! Do you think it's a desperate case?" "Great heavens above! It's no wonder he's pale!" Said the doc with a horrible grin. "There's a sort of balloon on the end of his tail! I must prick it at once with a pin!" So he got out a thing like an Indian spear, With feathers all over the top, And he lunged and he caught the Knid smack in the rear, But alas, the balloon didn't pop! Cried the Knid, "What on earth am I going to do With this painful preposterous lump? I can't remain standing the whole summer through! And I cannot sit down on my rump!"
"It's a bad case of rear-ache," the medico said, "And it's something I cannot repair. If you want to sit down, you must sit on your head, With your bottom high up in the air!"'
Have a Scrumdiddlyumptious week, folks. ~ Jacquie
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