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Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters.

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.

People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.

As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions, which had first appeared in the late 18th century, grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay.

The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in industrial centers across the country, and many states passed legislation recognizing it. Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later, when in June 1894, the American Railroad Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, to add more power to a strike. It crippled railroad traffic nationwide. To break the Pullman strike, the federal government dispatched troops to Chicago, unleashing a wave of riots that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen workers.

In the wake of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed it into law. More than a century later, the true founder of Labor Day has yet to be identified.

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Reopening of Schools 2020-2021

Reopening of Schools 2020-2021 Please click the link below to view the Reopening of Schools 2020-2021 Document, submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education this past week. https://drive.google.com/file/...

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The 2020 Book for Business & COVID-19 Recovery Resource Guide 
Easy & Accessible with great resources!
  • Area Dining
  • COVID-19 Recovery Resources
  • Business Development Resources

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!

Need help with groceries?

"Because of the generosity of specific individuals (you know who you are) and the WB REACH program, families of WB students can still get a $25 weekly gift certificate distributed at the WB Library for groceries. The need continues. Recipients need to prove they have WB students at home. Feel free to buy Market Basket or Trucchis $25 gift cards and drop them off at the library. We are committed to continue to distribute them to WB families. No questions asked. Food insecurity is a real and local thing.”
Ellen Snoeyenbos, Director of the WB Public Library Link to post.
See what is new at WB COA!

Flu Clinic
Tuesday, Sept 22nd (Register by Sept. 18th call 508-894-1262)
1 - 3p Held outdoors under a tent.

“Grab ‘N Go” Lunch
Monday, Wednesdays & Thursdays
Service begins at 12 noon
Reservations required 24 hours in advance please call 508-894-1262
For all details see the September Newsletter.
We have what you NEED this Fall!
We have canning supplies!
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You are kindly invited to attend this FREE Webinar:
Teaching Race in the Wake of the Alleged Murder of George Floyd 
by Dr. Pamela E. Barnett, Dean, School of Arts & Sciences, La Salle University 
Wednesday, September 30th
1:00p - 2:30p
“Dean Barnett’s research in higher education have focused on advancing diverse student bodies, faculties, and curricula. She served most recently as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Distinguished Professor of English at Trinity Washington University in Washington DC. One of the few remaining women’s colleges, Trinity enrolls a student body that is majority Pell grant eligible, first generation to college and underrepresented minority.” Currently, serves as Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, La Salle University in Philadelphia.
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A collection of favorite local food/local community stories & recipes - it's awesome!

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Run, Walk & Ride for Sight

Saturday, Oct, 3rd
Start anytime, plan to end between 12 - 3p
Start and end at WB Public LIbrary

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Tons of fun! 

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9-02- 20 WB Board of Selectmen Meeting
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Senior College

Not too late to sign up for fall classes!

For a single registration fee of $55, each person has access to nearly 30 courses this fall which will be offered virtually via Zoom.

For course descriptions, schedules, and more information, visit:
Back to School Supply Drive

A school supplies drive has been organized through the WB Lions Club. The picture to the right has a requested list of items.
Items can be dropped off in big yellow box behind Town Hall. Large items or large quantities can be dropped off on front porch oat 29 Ellis Ave.
Supplies will be distributed to WB students.
The Lions Club thanks those who have already donated!
School Supplies: Laminating Sheets, White Card Stock, Sheet Protectors, Fine Dry Erase Markers
Plastic Folders, Colored Pencils, Plastic pencil cases, Crayola crayons 24 pack, Crayola crayons lg/jumbo size 8 pack, Large Crayola Markers 8 pack, Primary/Beginner Pencils, Pencil Sharpeners with top to collect shavings, Erasers
Pencil Cap Erasers, Kids scissors blunt tipped 5"
Glue sticks, Scotch tape, Fine tip permanent markers, Pencils, Pens, Multicolored highlighters
Fine permanent markers, Plastic rulers with cm and inches, Lined College Ruled Paper with Holes
Making tape, Colored masking tape, Clipboards
Kleenex, Paper towels, Small bottles of hand sanitizer (individual sized), Clorox wipes
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Mama Deb's Italian Food Truck is
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Your Italian Favorite Meals plus Mama Deb's Frozen Pizza and retail sauce.
Check out our menu and locations at www.mamadebs.biz

Contact us to come to your neighborhood, graduation, wedding, private or corporate event.

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21st Annual Citizen of the Year Program ~ Looking for nominations

The Rotary Club of The Bridgewaters will celebrate neighbors who have made outstanding contributions as volunteers to our communities. These achievements correspond to Rotary’s seven Areas of Focus — peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; community economic development; and, supporting the environment. 

All residents of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater & West Bridgewater are eligible both to nominate and to be nominated for recognition at the 21st Annual Citizen of the Year program. The achievements may not be part of the individual’s job responsibilities.  
Nomination forms may be found at HERE or may be requested from francesjeffries@gmail.com or 508.241.6643. The deadline for submitting nominations is October 24, 2020. A committee from the Rotary Club expects to announce one recipient each from Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, and West Bridgewater in November 2020. The date and location of the event will also be confirmed at that time.  

The Rotary Club of The Bridgewaters is part of Rotary International, one of the largest charitable organizations in the world. Dedicated to “Service Above Self,” Rotarians worldwide span all races and religions to assist those in need. Locally, we meet on Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. via Zoom. All are welcome. www.facebook.com/RotaryCB

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How young did some kids start working during the industrial revolution?

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Yes, Thrive!!!

I want to thrive, to live each day out loud, caring for those around me, responding with a resounding "YES" and achieve a life that has beauty, caring, trust, and laugh every day.... a good loud laugh!

I couldn't do that without role models. I encourage everyone: listen to wisdom. So many have gone before us:

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
~ Maya Angelou

"It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts."
~ Robert H. Schuller

"It's wonderful to move forward technologically, but we cannot forget that we are human beings who thrive on relationships, who thrive on interconnectivity, who thrive on sharing your feelings and emotions." ~ Goldie Hawn
I hope your week is thriving, full of life! ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Sebastian Ladoulis, Janice O'Brien, Sasha Rockwell & Jacquelyn Rose
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