February 21, 2021 ~
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. 
The Bridgewater Improvement Association
has been responsible for funding, design, planting and upkeep of the Central Square Common, installation of colonial post lanterns, brickwork, wrought iron benches, tree guards and flower boxes for Central Square.
Without cost to the residents of the town, the BIA installed and maintains the fountain in front of the Academy Building. Bridgewater improvement association objectives: *Maintain and enhance the natural beauty of Bridgewater; *Preserve Bridgewater's historical character; *Nurture an awareness of the town's natural and historical assets; *Support and encourage active citizen participation in these objectives; Provide common areas where residents and visitors can relax and enjoy the beauty of Bridgewater.
Ongoing endeavors of the BIA include the installation of distinctive plantings throughout the town.
The BIA has cultivated a wide variety of spectacular annuals and unusual specimens of trees throughout Bridgewater.
To learn more about the BIA, please visit: Bridgewater Improvement
Historical Tidbit:
World War II Rationing Stamps
Back of booklet: "Rationing is a vital part of your country's war effort. Any attempt to violate the rules is an effort to deny someone his share and will create hardship and help the enemy. This book is your Government's assurance of your right to buy your fair share of certain goods made scarce by war. Price ceilings have also been established for your protection. Dealers must post these prices conspicuously. Don't pay more. Give your whole support to rationing and thereby conserve our vital goods. Be guided by the rule: If you don't need it, DON'T BUY IT." 

Rationing Book of Richard Alexander, courtesy of Margaret Alexander
Items were rationed because of shortages in the rubber and metal industries. Because trucks using rubber tires delivered processed goods, anything processed was rationed. As of February 1942, all metal work was converted to producing tanks, aircraft, weapons, and other military products, with the United States government as the only customer and so there was no longer available: metal office furniture, typewriters, radios, phonographs, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and sewing machines.
Civilians first received ration books - War Ration Book Number One, 4 May 1942, through more than 100,000 school teachers, PTA groups, and other volunteers. A national speed limit of 35 miles per hour was imposed to save fuel and rubber for tires. Each person in a household received a ration book, including babies and small children who qualified for canned milk not available to others. To receive a gasoline ration, a person had to prove they owned no more than 5 tires, the extras would be confiscated.
April 1, 1942, anyone wishing to purchase a new toothpaste tube, then made from metal, had to turn in an empty one. On May 5, the US was rationed to 1/2 pound of sugar per person per week. Coffee was rationed nationally on 29 November 1942 to 1 pound every five weeks. By the end of 1942, rationing was in place for typewriters, gasoline, bicycles, footwear, silk, nylon, fuel oil, stoves, meat, lard, shortening and oils, cheese, butter, margarine, processed foods (canned, bottled, and frozen), dried fruits, canned milk, firewood, and coal, jams, jellies, and fruit butter.
Information from ameshistory.org 
Life Magazine, 1941-1942 Google books
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Services available through phone, email & website only
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Food Pantry
The pantry is available to any Bridgewater resident in need of food assistance. Proof of residency is the only requirement, no income verification is done. We have an abundance of non-perishables, frozen meats and fish, milk, eggs, bread, butter, personal hygiene items and paper products available

 Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30 p
Debbie Candora
won a $25 gift certificate
to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant.

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a
$10 gift certificate to
Mama Deb's Kitchen & Food Truck.
Information on the Upcoming Bridgewater Elections
By Mohamed Ibrahim, intern
The upcoming election day will on the 24th of April. There are a few positions that available for an eligible resident of the town are Town Clerk, Counsellor of District One, Two and Five or At Large. Also, there are positions in Bridgewater-Raynham Regional District School Committee for both towns and lastly Trustees of Public Library. All positions are three years term and qualify for one candidate for each position except for the School Committee two candidates are needed, and the Library Board of Trustee 3 candidates are needed.

If you are an eligible candidate from of the positions above, there are a few dates for you to apply for the position that of your preference.

  • Nomination Papers have been in distribution since Monday, January 4, 2021.
  • Last day to obtain Nomination Papers Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Last day to submit Nomination Papers Monday, March 8, 2021 to the Board of Registrars 
  • Last day to file Nomination Papers Monday, March 22, 2021 with the Town Clerk at 5:00 p.m.
  • Last day to object or withdraw Wednesday, March 24, 2021 At 5:00 p.m

As for voters the Last day to register to vote for the Annual Town Election will be on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Town Clerk’s Office, Academy Building.

Check out the open positions here and the deadlines for nomination here.
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357

The birds are hungry this time of year!
Why not give them a treat!
Welcome, B-R Class of 2034!
We are excited to welcome your child and the entire family to BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT. Our mission is to provide excellence in education for all students in a safe learning environment. Fulfilling that mission begins with registration! The District motto is We are B-R! One Team! One Family! which means we stand together in educating your child. We take this partnership seriously and look forward to working with you to achieve this educational goal.
This website will be updated regularly, so please check back for all current information surrounding registration and transitioning to kindergarten.
Get started by clicking on STEPS TO REGISTRATION.
Rotary Club of The Bridgewaters Supports Community
The Rotary Club of The Bridgewaters honored the 2021 New Year, including the Lunar New Year, with a Polar Plunge and by selling football squares. These two events raised funds to alleviate hunger and homelessness. The monies were distributed to the local food pantries and homeless, and also to ShelterBox USA.

In the spring the club will distribute dictionaries to each third-grader in the East and West Bridgewater School Districts and thesauruses to the fourth-graders in the Bridgewater-Raynham School District.

Watch for details facebook.com/RotaryCB about a blood drive to be held in Bridgewater in the late spring. Encourage others to join you!

The club meets each Wednesday at 7:30a via Zoom. For additional details about the activities and programs of this Club and about Rotary International, please contact Club President Deb Tennant at 508.345.7374.
All are welcome.
Session 2 - Beyond Race and Gender: An Exploration of...

Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights presents Session 2 - Beyond Race and Gender: An Exploration of our Intersectionality - Monday, February 22, 2021 - Find event and ticket information.

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BW COA presents:
80's Sports Trivia w/ Zach
Thurs March 4th; 2:00p
Zoom ID:97447101267
Party Line 508 506 1310

Test your knowledge of 80's Baseball, Basketball, Football & Hockey & try to win fun prizes!
Every participant will receive a game-day package: crackerjacks, pretzels, nachos & bottled water. Free to play.
A lunch of Bistro American Chop Suey can be ordered for $5 / plate.
RSVP by March 1, 2021
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
You're more creative than you think!
Built and hone your artistic passion with Bridgewater Library.
Click HERE to sign up Today!!
Feeling Hungry & Lucky??
Wed, March 17th; 11:30a delivery or pick up
Corned beef boiled dinner with Irish soda bread & green Jello cake: $5
Then join on Zoom or the partyline (508-697-0929) for Irish-theme Bingo.
RSVP by March12th 508-697-0929 or seniorcenter@bridgewaterma.org
Chose Your Own Adventure!!
Read this interactive story written by Bridgewater's own Librarians. So grab your hot cocoa and you blanket and enjoy the journey.
You could win a prize just for choosing your own adventure.  Visit HERE to go to our page and click on the story.
A Discussion on Bias, Inclusion, Diversity and Cultural...

Causes event in Boston, MA by Massachusetts Association of School Committees on Tuesday, February 23 2021. Geared toward school committee members, but open to all interested parties

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MBTA - Forging Ahead Initiative
The MBTA Community Engagement team is reaching out to provide an update on the Forging Ahead initiative.
The MBTA is implementing service changes in response to the low ridership caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes on the bus network and subway system will take place on March 14th, and will include reducing frequency on some bus and subway lines, as well as eliminating, shortening, or combining various bus routes. The Commuter Rail will also undergo additional scheduling changes, starting April 5th.
Ahead of these changes, the MBTA will host a virtual public meeting on February 24th, from 6pm to 8pm. This meeting will provide an opportunity for riders to learn more about the changes and ask questions. For more information about the Spring Service Changes and to register for the public meetings, please visit www.mbta.com/servicechanges.

 - Folks who are not available to join the public meetings can still ask the MBTA questions by registering HERE - for its weekly virtual coffee chats.

More information about the Forging Ahead process can be found at www.mbta.com/forging-ahead. In addition, the MBTA has submitted the Forging Ahead changes for environmental review, which can be viewed at mbta.com/forging-ahead/enf-mepa, our message, and link your images to supporting resources.
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Southeast Conference High School Basketball
Bridgewater-Raynham vs Durfee
Semi-Final Game Feb 9, 2021

Video & Commentary 4-D Sports
Courtesy of BTV Community Access
Great news for Bridgewater!
The Town of Bridgewater has been awarded a grant from MADOT’s Complete Streets Funding Program which we will utilize to improve pedestrian, bike, and vehicular traffic as well as create a safer traffic environment in downtown. This project includes improvements to Broad Street and Main Street consisting of replacing and/or adding crosswalks, ADA compliant wheelchair ramps, signage, curb extensions, lighting, and bike lanes. Details on these updates are available to review through the Community and Economic Development office at www.bridgewaterma.org/DocumentCenter/Index/279. We encourage residents and commuters to contact Elijah Romulus, Assistant Town Planner, at eromulus@bridgewaterma.org or (508) 697-0950 if you have any questions about the project.

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
$10 gift certificate to
Mama Deb's Kitchen & Food Truck.

Historical Tidbit Question:
What speed limit was imposed nationally to save fuel and rubber for tires?

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 February 24, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Winter Wonderland
"To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold."
~ Aristotle

"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'" ~ Lewis Carroll

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home." ~ Edith Sitwell

"The color of springtime is flowers; the color of winter is in our imagination."
~ Terri Guillemets

"There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special." ~ Carol Rifka Brunt
Scientists have determined spending 2 hours each week in nature promotes health and well-being. Enjoying the trees and some snow will do you a world of good! Have a great week : )
~ Jacquie

The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien & Jacquelyn Rose
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