February 10, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Bridgewater Town Council - Feb. 5th, 2019
& Mitchell School Building Committee - Jan 28th, 2019 (below)
Videos courtesy of BTV
Historical Tidbit:
Telephone History

The telephone was first invented by an Italian inventor, Antonio Meucci in 1849. Alexander Graham Bell acquired the first successful patent for the telephone in 1876. He brought it to mass market through his company, AT&T (American Telegraph and Telephone Company). Telephones were initially used for single person to person communication. It wasn't until the invention of the first telephone exchange in 1878 that telephones were used to connect with multiple people. After that the switchboard was introduced. Initially, woman would serve as operators, switching wires on a switchboard to connect callers to the people they wanted to speak with.

Today we have digital phones that transmit information via radio waves as 0's and 1's. Digital phones can transfer more information at once, and are less error prone. These phones allow for communication with multiple people at once.

For an interactive historical telephone experience, check out the Rockland Telephone History Center on Saturday, February 17th from 1:00PM to 5:00PM . 83 East Water Street, Unit E-229, Rockland, MA. Telephone Operators will be on duty to connect calls from 5 switchboards that are connected to the displayed phones from 1900 thru 1990. Everything is hands on, interactive, fun. Talk on the phones, sit at the switchboards and see what it was like to be the operator and connect calls.

Story Credit: Gregory Venezia

Weekly Calendar
Check out our town calendars by following the links below
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Mon - Thurs 8a - 4p
Fri 8a - 1p
Public Library
15 South Street
Mon - Wed 9a - 8p 
Thurs 10a - 5p
Fri & Sat 10a - 2p
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Mon - Thurs 9a - 3p
Fri 9a - noon 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1pm
1st Monday of each month from 6 to 8 pm
Joanne Keith.

Joanne Keith won
45 Minute Reiki Treatment
with Jacquelyn Rose
(value $45)

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

You could win a
A $35 gift certificate
to Salon Esprit, 225 Bedford St E. Bridgewater
Are you looking for a way to enrich your life, as well as help others?

Do you know of someone who would like to learn basic English and Reading Skills?                                
Consider ESL tutoring through Literacy Place in Bridgewater.
You can reach us at 774-409-2110
Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect (BCCR), formed two years ago to promote civil discourse and respectful behavior among all citizens, is sponsoring its third forum on relevant topics of widespread interest. On Monday, February 11th, the topic is: Experiences of International Faculty and Students, at BSU and in the Community: How are they doing? 

 Panelists will include: Dr. Wing-kai To, Assistant Provost, BSU Institute for Global Engagement; Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi, Academic Director of Global Learning; Dr. Simone Poliandri, Assoc. Prof. and Coordinator of American Studies; Dr. Irina Seceleanu, Assoc. Prof. Mathematics; plus international students.

The forum begins at 6:30, February 11 at the Bridgewater Public Library. All are welcome.
If you’re about to go down,
lean forward! That helps ensure that the back of your head and spine don't take the impact. If you can, try to fall on your side as your hips, thigh, and shoulder are some of the harder bones in the body. Your wrist, back, or arms may lead to more broken bones. Try to relax your muscles as you fall. Loose muscles can help cushion the impact.
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(508) 697-0050
Coffee & Conversations Series:
Superintendent Derek J. Swenson & Assistant Superintendent Ryan Powers host a monthly
“Coffee & Conversations” series at each of our six schools.

Please note that if you are unable to attend the scheduled meeting at your child’s school, please feel free to attend another "Coffee & Conversations" event planned at an alternative site. We look forward to meeting with you.
Monday, February 11, 2019
BR Regional High School at 7:30 a.m.
Bridgewater Middle School (Grade 8) at 8:30 a.m
Sticky Business: The Boston Molasses Flood”

will be given by Historian and Professor Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD

Bridgewater Public Library
Tuesday, February 12th at 6:30 p.m.

In the early afternoon of January 15, 1919, a fifty-foot steel tank filled with over two million gallons of molasses collapsed in Boston's North End sending its sticky contents in a fifteen-foot wave through the neighborhood streets. The disaster was blamed on immigrant anarchists. The event knocked Prohibition and the end of World War I out of the headlines and resulted in a huge civil lawsuit that was not resolved until 1925.

Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and professor of history.
Does your primary care physician refer you to
specialists only within their group?
Perhaps you should consider seeing a clinician who can refer you to the specialist that best fits your needs!

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111 Torrey St, Brockton (508) 588-1200

Join Us for a
Lecture on the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at the Old Bridgewater Historical Society

Sun Feb 17, at 1 p.m. 
by Dr. Thomas R. Turner
Memorial Building 162 Howard St., West Bridgewater. 
There are many theories as to why John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. Was he an insane actor, a dedicated Southern patriot backed by the Confederate government, a front man for Lincoln’s northern enemies the Radical Republicans, or was the murder a simple conspiracy? This program will examine some of the major theories surrounding the Lincoln assassination, revealing the circular motion involved as once discredited arguments slip in and out of favor.
This will be presented by Dr. Thomas R. Turner, Professor Emeritus at Bridgewater State University. Dr. Turner taught for 39 years in the History Department at the university, and is the author of “Beware the People Weeping: Public Opinion and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln” and “The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.” He also worked as a historian for the assassination movie “The Conspirator”, directed by Robert Redford and starring James McEvoy and Robin Wright. From 2011 to 2015, Prof. Turner was the Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
The In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on February 24th at 1 p.m.

Image credit: Wikipedia Commons
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Keep your floors clean, avoid slips and protect your porch floor this winter! Our stall mats can do it all!
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Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Darwin Day   is an international celebration of Darwin’s theory of evolution as well as a day dedicated to science communication and outreach, celebrated on or near the birthday of Charles Darwin. All interested are welcome to join faculty, students and staff for a day-long event that includes natural history displays, faculty and student presentations, and a keynote presentation by world-renowned Canadian parasitologist and evolutionary biologist, Daniel Riskind. The event takes place on February 15, 2019 from 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM at Bridgewater State University, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA.

Community Autism Resources Presents Painting Rustic Wood Signs

for Adults with ASD 18+
At My Art and Souls Studio
12 West Union St., East Bridgewater, MA 02333
Saturday February 16th, 2019 at 11AM
Come and create your own rustic wood sign!

This event is free. Pre-registration is required! You must pre-register via our website

Please remember you are not confirmed until you receive an email from CAR!
Please call Cassie Ricco if you have any questions at 774-381-7919 or
contact her via email at
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Ask about our workshops
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Loving - The Movie Trailer
Come to a FREE viewing of the movie

LOVING on Tuesday, February 26,
7pm at the First Parish UU Church 50 School St, Bridgewater

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision.

The public is welcome to join us for the viewing and the discussion to follow.
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Co-sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of
the First Parish UU Church and the Bridgewater Citizens for Civility & Respect.
This is the 11th in our Black Lives Matter film series.
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"Pursuing Black Excellence"
Lecture by Dr. Oneeka Williams, urologic surgeon, children's book author & entrepreneur 

Friday, February 22, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM (ET)
Bridgewater State University
Rondileau Campus Ctr, 208

Dr. Oneeka Williams Is A Harvard Medical School Graduate Who Ranks Among The Top Urologic Surgeons in the United States. She is a practicing surgeon at St. Elizabeth Medical Centre in Boston and is an assistant clinical professor of urology at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Through her volunteer work in the community and as a teacher and mentor, Dr. Oneeka is committed to inspiring all all children, and especially girls, towards a greater interest in science, a positive attitude, and the pursuit of excellence in all their endeavours. To further her advocacy of literacy and science education, she is authoring a series of children’s books. 

Contact for this event: Dr. Emily Field

New monthly program! TED Talks! at the Bridgewater Public Library
Thursday, February 28th at 3:00 p.m.

Expand your horizons with a TED Talk! TED Talks are recorded presentations that last 20 minutes or less on a wide variety of topics including science and technology to culture and arts. During each TED Talk we will watch approximately 40 minutes of a common theme and discuss the talks for 20 minutes. This month’s topic is Life-Long Learning.

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.”
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A $35 gift certificate to
Salon Esprit, 225 Bedford St
E. Bridgewater

Historical Tidbit Question :
Who acquired the first patent for the telephone?

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Buzz Around Bridgewater.
On February 13, 2019 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
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