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June 28, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Food Pantry Thank You!!
The WB Food Pantry is very thankful for the generosity and support of the community. The picture above is just a portion of the groceries that were ready to go for the distribution a couple of weeks ago.
Girl Scout Troop 62542 decided to use their profits from cookie sales on something that would help the people of the town.
Thank you Girl Scouts!!

Above photo credit: J. Bellody
Food donated by Girl Scout Troop 62542 to the WB food pantry.
Photo credit: R. Dragonetti
Robyn Dragonetti, troop leader, unloads all the food with the help of food pantry volunteers.

Story & photo credits: Jen Bellody
Historical Tidbit: 
The First Church of West Bridgewater
The First Church of West Bridgewater at 29 Howard Street is the fourth physical building of a much older Congregation.  
The First Church building is thought to have been a log type structure, located on River Street near the Rev. Keith Parsonage, and built about 1661.  
In 1671, a large building was constructed near what is now Central Square and served as a church and meeting house.  
A third Church was built in 1739 on the same site.  
The current First Church was built on Howard Street in 1801 and for many years served as a House of Worship and the place where various civic events were held. 
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Town Hall
  508-894-1200

Check town website for needed updates.

WB Public Library
508-894-1255
 
Council on Aging
508-894-1262
COA

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
2:30 - 3:30p
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB
Congratulations
Sarah Lanoue who won a
$20 gift certificate to
Color Street nail polish strips
from independent consultant Katie Ray   Katie’s Kreative Manis.


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


You could win 6 weeks of training (value $279) at  Get In Shape for Women, Bridgewater for use after they open Monday July 6, 2020.
2020 WB Town Meeting
6/29 at 6p at the Middle/Senior High School Auditorium.
Over the past 18 months, the Recreational Space Committee has been working on a proposal for a sports complex in town.

Step 1 is to purchase the land, along with the design & engineering. Article 18 is to vote on purchasing the land, located on Lincoln Street, at a cost of $600,000 for nearly 16 acres. Article 19 is to approve up to $100,000 for the design & engineering.
Below you will find a presentation the committee put together, as well as a video to accompany the presentation. This is an effort to answer as many questions as possible, as well as for transparency purposes. The plans in the presentation are subject to change
PLEASE NOTE: 2/3rds vote is need for these articles to pass, so we need as many people to vote as possible. The Town has posted a video on the safety measures being taken for this year's meeting.
We hope to see you there on the 29th!!!
West Bridgewater Lion's Club Celebrates
Pride Month
The Lion's Club of West Bridgewater put out their rainbow Adirondack chairs in celebration of Pride month.

Photo credit: J. Rose
WB Senior Project
A message from Mr. Nenopoulos, WBMSHS teacher and senior project advisor: "With all that is going on in our country I wish to convey a powerful message of hope, reflection, courage, and love from one of our seniors who completed for her senior project, an E-Book On Little Epiphanies. I wish to take this moment to thank Taliyah Houston for allowing us to share in her poetry contemplating all of life's trials and offerings through this stirring work by this young lady who will be pursing writing beyond High School. Thank you Taliyah, and your Wildcat family wishes you the very best.

To read Taliyah's poetry,
Download this E-book - No Wait!

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people' (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence.

You can download this book via the West Bridgewater Public Library website.
This I Believe Essay Contest
For the summer of 2020 teen essay contest, West Bridgewater Public Library invites teens ages 12 – 19 to write a concise statement describing a belief or value that they hold dear and how they came to own this value.

For examples of this kind of essay, read some of the prize-winning essays on this web site:
Here are some helpful guideline on writing a winning essay in this category:

Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  
Essays are due on Friday, August 21st at 5p.
Send to:  ellens@westbpl.org  Subject: “Essay contest entry”
Winners will be announced on Friday, August 28th.
For more information, contact Library Director, Ellen Snoeyenbos: ellens@westbpl.org
Lobster Roll Sale!
Friday, July 3rd
The First Church of West Bridgewater, 29 Howard Street
The lunch will include a lobster roll with 100% lobster meat (no fillers), potato chips, a homemade brownie and beverage. The lunch is $12.00 and must be ordered by July 1st. Please call the church office to reserve your lunch at 508-587-3118 or you may email firstchurchwb@juno.com
All lunches must be picked up -- there will not be seating in Fellowship Hall. They will deliver orders of 5 or more for free if within 10 miles.
All the basics of the birds & bees
Bird feeders & seeds
Garden & bee keeping supplies

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

Summer Reading Has Started!
Read books, log the number of books read, videos that you watch and online resources that you use. There are activities for you to complete to earn badges, tickets or both! Raffle drawings are based on age groups. Great raffle prizes to give away! Participate in one week or all 8 weeks. The more you read and earn badges the better your chances are of winning a prize. All ages can create an account.
Call 508-894-1255 for help setting up a Beanstack account.
Congratulations Landon J. Bailey!
Grade 9, for earning from St. Sebastian's School Honors with Distinction 4th Qtr & Honors with Distinction and Effort for second semester.

COMMONWEALTH PLACES GRANTS 
AVAILABLE
On Friday, MassDevelopment  announced  $225,000 in funding for a new round of Commonwealth Places grants. This Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places funding is being made available specifically to help community partners prepare public space and commercial districts to best serve their population during communities’ economic recovery efforts.

Eligible projects may include outdoor seating spaces, sidewalk retail venues, partitions to support social distancing, and more.
Non-profits and community groups are eligible to apply for grant awards of up to $25,000. Up to $10,000 per project may be awarded as an unmatched grant; awards greater than $10,000 must be matched with crowdfunding donations. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 31, 2020.  Read more in the Request for Proposals here.
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Summer Lunches
Call in-- Eat in-- Pick Up and Go
This summer six organizations in West Bridgewater are partnering to provide lunch assistance during the months of July and August. Each site provides a different kind of support. Below you will find the ways in which you can register at each site for assistance.

First Church of West Bridgewater. Pick-Up and Go! Every Friday starting July 10, bag lunches will be distributed from 11am-1pm at the church. To place your order, call the church at 508-587-3118 by the Thursday before pick up date. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, and number of lunches that you would like. 

Middle/High School.  Pick-Up and Go! First come, first serve! Each Wednesday during the months of July and August, 20 lb. Farm to Family and Veggie boxes will be distributed at the Middle/High School from 2-3pm. Limit is one box per student family. 
 
Neighbor Brigade.  Eat In. Need some lunches that are prepared by Neighbor Brigade volunteers and delivered to your home? Contact Melanie Shaw at  mjshaw769@gmail.com  for assistance or to become a volunteer meal provider.  
 
St. Ann’s/St. Vincent dePaul Society.  West Bridgewater families may sign up for grocery cards on Monday, July 6 th from 3-6pm.  Please bring proof of residence when signing up. Cards will be mailed out to your home on 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, and 8/24. If you would like to donate, Trucchi or Market Basket grocery gift cards in any amount may be left in the St. Vincent DePaul boxes in the church.
  
West Bridgewater Food Pantry.  Curbside Pick-Up distribution is from 2:30-3:30 pm at the Spring Street School on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Proof of residency is the only requirement. If you cannot pick-up during those times, you can find and designate someone to pick up for you if you are registered with the Food Pantry. To register, e-mail Calvin Grey at  calvin6743@comcast.net


West Bridgewater Public Library.  Pick Up a $25 grocery gift card at the library’s curbside service area Monday-Friday,10am-2pm. You must register ahead of pick-up time. To register for Summer Student Lunch 2020, call 508-894-1255 for details. If you would like to donate a $25 grocery gift card you may drop it off at the Library parking lot between 10-2pm. Give the library a call from the parking lot when you arrive and a staff member will come out to pick it up.
Start the Conversation

South Shore Hospital's Youth Health Connection shared this "Tips for Parent / Teen Engagement" conversation starter.
When you apply the 80/20 Rule, what do you see?

My family is in crisis. My son is struggling with mental health issues and my father is in extreme pain and I am caring for him. My coaching business is on hold except for small windows of opportunity. This morning I mulled over my situation, the ...

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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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Frank Boyd Recieves High School Diploma After 71 Years
71 years ago, one of our town's #wbwildcats, Frank Boyd, left high school before he graduated to join the Army and defend our country. On June 16th, WBHS had the honor to present him with a well deserved diploma from @WBMSHS. Congrats Frank, you are truly one of the best!
Parade for Retiring Superintendent of West Bridgewater Middle-Senior
High School
Dr. Patricia W. Oakley, is retiring after working 30 years at West Bridgewater, 14 of those as superintendent. On June 15th, the school had a drive by car parade for her send off. Many of the students showed their support for Dr. Oakley with hand made signs, congratulating her on her retirement.


WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

You could win 6 weeks of training (value $279) at  Get In Shape for Women, Bridgewater for use after they open Monday July 6, 2020.


Historical Tidbit Question:
How many buildings have been built on that same plot?


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 July 1, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Summer & Books
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”
~ Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib

“Come with me,' Mom says.
To the library.
Books and summertime
go together.”
~ Lisa Schroeder, I Heart You, You Haunt Me
Summer & Books go together. Just like summer and magic.
Let's spread the magic.

We are collecting books and funds for the Brockton Public Library.
Here is the go fund me .
And we are getting ready for the book drive. So make a pile for your gently used / not written on books. : )

~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Sasha Rockwell, Jacquelyn Rose, Kayla Rose
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