Thank You for your Service!

After more than 2 decades of service to the Town of West Bridgewater, Firefighter Paramedic John Bartorelli completed his last shift this morning. Members were on hand last night for his final firehouse dinner. In his more than 20 years Johnny B helped countless residents and visitors alike. His dedication and sacrifice to the town will be missed. Local 2610 wishes you all the best and a long and healthy retirement.

Historical Tidbit:
Churches of Old Bridgewater
Old Bridgewater, incorporated in 1656, was divided into four Parishes - East, West, North and South. The first settlement of Bridgewater in 1651 was in what is now the town of West Bridgewater. That same year, organized worship meetings were held in people's homes. By 1661, a log meeting house was constructed and its first preacher was Benjamin Butler from Charlestown. The first settled pastor was Rev. James Keith in 1663 and he preached his first service standing upon Pulpit Rock. 
 
  In 1716 the South Parish, now the town of Bridgewater, was incorporated as the second precinct. In 1717, the 2nd Church of Bridgewater was formed. The first minister was Rev. Benjamin Allen, ordained in 1718. The current building, built in 1845, was designed in the Greek revival style. The steeple housed a Paul Revere bell, but in 1954 Hurricane Carol toppled the steeple and the bell was sold to a museum. 
 
  In 1720, the 3rd Church of Old Bridgewater was raised in the East Parish, now the town of East Bridgewater, and its first minister was Rev. John Angier. In 1723, the East Parish was constituted as the 3rd precinct. 
 
  In the North Parish, now the city of Brockton, a meeting house was erected in 1737, becoming the 4th Church of Olde Bridgewater. The North Parish was incorporated into a precinct in 1738. Rev. John Porter was the first minister of the 4th Church of Bridgewater; he ordained in 1740. Over the years, the 4th Church on Pleasant Street has been known by various names including First Parish Congregational, South Congregational, Porter Congregational, Waldo Congregational. 
 
 Old Bridgewater, as other Plymouth County communities, gathered at local meeting houses for worship, government business and the needs of their neighbors. These early collective beginnings laid the foundation of spirit in New England.

Submitted by: Robert Lundquist
Information from;
Town Hall
  508-894-1200

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

Proof of residency is the only requirement.
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
1:45 - 3p
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Congratulations!
Jennifer Kinder
won a $20 gift certificate to
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Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.


Enter for this week's prize of a
 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
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LUNCH AND A MOVIE AT COA
Tue, Apr 19th; 11:30a
Please make reservation by Thurs, Apr 14th at 3p

$5
Chef Al will prepare a delicious lunch for you to enjoy before the movie.

NORTH TO ALASKA ~ western/comedy ~ 2 hrs
When George Pratt (Stewart Granger) and Sam McCord (John Wayne) strike gold in Alaska, they must struggle to keep their fortune because of the constant interference from Frankie Canon (Ernie Kovacs), who wants to claim the gold for himself. After being ordered to find George's fiancée in Seattle, Sam discovers that she has already married another man. Unable to deliver George's fiancée, Sam decides to bring him a prostitute named Angel (Capucine).

Call 508-894-1262 to reserve a spot!
Participate in the Old Bridgewater Historical Society's Family Tree Project
"In honor of the 200th anniversary of West Bridgewater and next year's 200th anniversary of East Bridgewater, OBHS is creating a family tree showing how many people today can trace their roots back to the early Bridgewaters. We have already begun creating a Bridgewater Family Tree based on the Vital Records of the Bridgewaters and Brockton and other resources. We have entered information provided by people whose roots go way back and we would love to add your "twig" to our family tree. Please note that no information on living persons will be included. That information is considered private and for our purposes will remain so. We are working on having this Bridgewater Tree available for researchers to use at the OBHS Memorial Building. If you would like to add your family to our Tree you can bring your information to the Memorial Building at 162 Howard Street (WBW) on Wednesdays from 12-3p. Or you can email us at: Submissions@oldbridgewater.org or Diane@oldbridgewater.org."

Info from the Old Bridgewater Historical Society FB page: facebook.com/oldbridgewater
Fill your Easter Baskets with old fashioned candy!

For an Easter Treat, come visit Our Country Creamery & Pine Grove Park!

8 Romney Road Bridgewater
(508) 697-2273
music notes
Bridgewater State University Jazz Band
Free Concert
- just show up!

April 19; 8 pm
Boyden Hall, Horace Mann Auditorium,
131 Summer Street, Bridgewater
The Brockton Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, April 24th
3p
Christ Congregational Church
1350 Pleasant St, Brockton

The Blossoms of Springtime Concert
Soloist: Meihui An, Piano
Adam Kerry Boyles conducts a romantic full-length season finale, featuring the 2019 Vasconcellos youth Competition co-winner, Meihui An, performing the dramatic "Piano Concerto" in A minor by Edvard Grieg.

Join the symphony for this springtime spree!
Celebrate Earth Day!
WB Library has partnered with Neighborhood Forest to bring you a free sapling on Earth Day!

Sign up below, for each $10 tree you purchase, a free tree will be given to a child in next year's program.


"Saving the planet one tree and neighborhood at a time." www.neighborhoodforest.org
Ready for Spring? We are!
Come see what we are stocking this season.

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Thank you to the West Bridgewater Lions Club

The WB Lions Club donated $500 to the West Bridgewater Public Library. The donation will go toward the 2022 Summer Reading Program. Thank you to the Lions Club continued support!

Info from westbpl.org.
LITERACY NIGHT: SUPPORTING ELEMENTARY READING AT HOME
Monday, April 25th
6-7p
WBMSHS
This event is for all elementary parents. Any parent who wants to support their child's literacy growth should attend. Parents will participate in a "make and take" with BSU faculty and graduate students; parents will learn some new strategies for supporting literacy at home, and then make and take home a reading game or activity for their kids. It's going to be FANTASTIC!
Funding and support from Inclusion Matters
Save the Dates!
Sat, April 23rd; 11a – 1p
First Church, 29 Howard St.

Sun, April 24th, 2p
OBHS Memorial Building, 162 Howard St.

Sunday, June 5th; 10a – 2p
War Memorial Park
MR. WB FUNDRAISER
Thursday, April 28th; 7p; WBMSHS
Mr. WB is coming soon. Tickets are now on sale! Come out and watch an amazing show filled with lots of laughs and amazing talent! This is a fundraiser for the Class of 2022 Scholarship Fund. jflynn@wbridgewater.com for tickets.
WB Water Commissioners Mtg: - April 4th, 2022

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Upcoming Library Programming
One Book One Community presents A Backpack, A Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka book discussion and watch party:
April 26 @ 5p, History Room; Chapters Book Club Book Discussion; Drop-in, No Registration Required, Books still available on display.
April 27 @ 7p Lev Golinkin Virtual Author Visit watch party; Go here to join Zoom meeting.

May 3 @ 5:00p; True Stories Book Club - We will be discussing ME, Elton John's biography. Regular Print, Large Print and Audiobooks are available at the Library.
Dress-A-Girl Around the World WB / BW received a video and picture of thanks. School teachers and girls from the villages of Simlangu, Mizinga, Silubwabwa and Lupata. Translating from the Chitonga language, sent a heartfelt video thanks.

And Allan Mudenda Hagwelele, a librarian in his district, was able to deliver the dresses when he brought school supplies and literature to the children in the villages. "Thank you for supporting the girls. You are indeed putting smiles of their faces. We appreciate your effort. May God Bless your team."

What a precious gift... for the girls, and for our sewers to see their handi-work worn by the recipiants!
Story credit Evie DeLutis
Photo credits: unknown
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
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Historical Tidbit Question:
Who preached his first service standing upon Pulpit Rock?

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The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Your Story

“There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.” ~ Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

“It is not until you change your identity to match your life blueprint that you will understand why everything in the past never worked.”
~ Shannon L. Alder

“Finding oneself and one's path is like waking up on a foggy day. Be patient, and presently the fog will clear and that which has always been there can be seen. The path is already there to follow.”
~ Rasheed Ogunlaru, Soul Trader: Putting the Heart Back into Your Business

“Whatever you do you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon, there will always be someone to tell you that you are wrong.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
It's yours, this life. No-one else's. Do it! Write your own story! ~ Jacquie
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