Bridgewater Little League Gala
The Little League 12-year-old Gala was held this past week. The players celebrated their accomplishments and trophies were given out. Players tested their pitch accuracy and base running skills; " First we congratulated our 2023 Spring season Major League champions - Reis Real Estate, as well as our runner up Police with a trophy presentation.
Then we held 4 events to challenge our 12yr olds with a fastest base runner, throwing accuracy, fastest pitch, and HR derby competition. All players did an excellent job and everyone had a blast! It was a fun and memorable night for all! " Reposted from: Bridgewater Little League FB

Story By: Ella Reddin BuzzAround Writing Intern, Framingham State University
Historical Tidbit:

The Scotland Burial Ground
Josiah Fobes and Benjamin Keith donated the land of the Scottish burial ground. The Scottish side of Bridgewater is on the north side of Pleasant Street. This burial site holds mostly early Scottish Bridgewater settlers. It is located near the Trinitarian Congregational Church, but has no formal affiliation.

Joshua E. Crane's notebook (in the Bridgewater Public Library Collection) is how today we know a lot about the history of this cemetery. An interesting part of his journal notes the headstones dedicated to those lost to natural disasters. His notebook includes "The Great Tempest of July 12, 1791" and "The Great Wind and Gale of August 2, 1817. The last one is a little mysterious. It is called "The Remarkable Appearance in the Skies Jan. 25, 1837”. We must wonder what that one was about!
 
By: Ella Reddin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Framingham State University
Story & Photo credit from: MACRIS.net Edward W. Gordon
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Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
 
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
508-697-3331
 
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
508-697-0929
 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
 508-697-6016
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
@ St Thomas Aquinas Church
103 Center St
2 x month 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
Congratulations!
Jan Fidler
You won a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
 
Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of
 9" Mum
(value $12)
Nessralla Farm Store
416 Plymouth St (Rt106)
Halifax MA
3rd Annual Bridgewater Peace Week Events
* Peace Pole * Children's Story Time * BSU Lectures *Stand -Outs* Peace Cranes* Community Dance
7 Organizations Coordinate a week -long exploration of Peace in Bridgewater.
Reposted from Frances Jefferies: "The Third Annual Peace in Bridgewater and Beyond is presented by the Bridgewater International City of Peace. International Cities of Peace, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to facilitating the establishment of Cities of Peace worldwide. . International Cities of Peace members include hundreds of self-established Cities of Peace on all six continents. In 2017, Cities of Peace, Inc. achieved Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council for NGOs.
In Bridgewater, the Committee members represent the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters, Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR), Diversity and Inclusion for Community Empowerment (DICE), Bridgewater Public Library, the Minnock Institute for Global Engagement (MIGE) at Bridgewater State University, the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice (MRISJ) at Bridgewater State University and First Parish (UU), Bridgewater.
Working together, these community groups benefit the entire Bridgewater community by expanding its positive reputation and establishing itself as a diversified and inclusive community. with the ability to address conflicts for constructive change beneficial to all concerned.

Please join us for these events, each of which is open to the public and free of charge.
Invite others to attend. Thank you for your support.
Bridgewater State University Alumni and Chamber Choir

Wednesday, Sept. 20th
7:30p - 9:30
Center Square Congregational Church
Come sing with us! Community Members and Alumni are welcome to Join the Bridgewater State University Alumni and Chamber Choir. These will be open rehearsals. For more information email southcoastnotes@aol.com
9th Annual History Mystery Walking Tour

Saturday, Sept. 23rd, Oct. 7th and Oct. 14th
5:15p - 8
Music Alley, 50 Central Square
There are limited spots available for this spooky walk around Bridgewater. If you want to learn about the history of Bridgewater, this is the event to come to. Your guide will no soon cool fun facts about the places you go that are not in your history book. Admission is $20 cash. All proceeds from this event will go to Bridgewater Academy Lions Club Charities, The Robert L. Smith Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund VFW 2125 Auxiliary. For more information on how to sign up, go to the event's History Mystery FB Event
Planning Board Meeting -
Sep 6, 2023
Video courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Grow Associates is a non-profit organization helping individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities live their best lives.
Bid on Silent Auction Items * Purchase Tickets
"Slavery and Freedom in Old Bridgewater.”

Thursday, Sept. 21th
7p , $5
Old Bridgewater Historical Society
162 Howard St.

Join Dr. Kerima M. Lewis for a lecture on “Slavery and Freedom in Old Bridgewater.” Dr. Lewis will talk about the institution of slavery in Old Bridgewater and Easton, and the story of an enslaved family who went on to live in Bridgewater after they were freed.

Karima M. Lewis teaches history at Massasoit Community College and Emerson College. Having worked in the fields of Social Work and Law before becoming an Historian, she holds a B.A. degree from Northwestern University, an M.S.W. degree from the Hunter College School of Social Work, a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Lewis wrote her dissertation on the history of slave resistance in colonial New England. She lectures on the topic locally and nationally.

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society, a private organization, started in 1894 and is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater township, which includes the towns of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and the city of Brockton. OBHS website
Bridgewater Community for Civil Rights STAND OUT AGAINST BOOK BANNING
Sat. 9/23 10-11 
Walgreens and Infront of Bridgewater Public Library
Please join us in support of our town and school libraries. The BCCR will be gathering in front of the Walgreens parking lot or in front of the Bridgewater Public Library. To sign up and learn more about the event go to the BCCR Facebook page.
Read and Draw Art Class
September 22nd
10:00am
Bridgewater Public Library
There are limited spots available! Join Ms. Laurie for this fun 7 week program sponsored by Triumph. This program is for children ages 3-7 and registration is required. To register, call Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208 or email her at ntilbe@triumphinc.org. If you can not make this 7 week session another one starts on Friday September 29th at 10:00am
Mass Cultural Council Grants
The Mass Cultural Council Distributes funds to local and regional cultural councils. BW funds are granted to arts, humanities, interpretive science projects for Bridgewater residents. Applicants must complete their applications online and submit them directly to the BW Council. Applications are due October 17, 2024. Grant recipients are paid through reimbursement grants.

For more information visit the Mass Cultural Council Webpage
Community Workshop
Tuesday, September 26th
6:30 pm-7:30 pm
George Mitchell Elementary School, 500 South Street
The initiative “Revitalizing the Heart of Bridgewater: Vision to Reality” is meeting to discuss the future of Bridgewater’s downtown. At this meeting, plans for projects will be finalized. Everyone is allowed to come. Refreshments and childcare will be provided. To sign up go to the event’s Facebook page. To learn more about the initiative, go to their website.
Autumn Fest!
September 30th
10:00am-4:00pm
Summer Street, Bridgewater

The Bridgewater Business Association is sponsoring Autumn Feast. Come Check out the food trucks, vendor fair, petting zoo, train rides and kids activities! That and much more will be at the event. To Learn more: BBA FB
Massachusetts State Seal and Motto Survey

Survey will end in November

After a long hearing regarding a redesign for the state seal and motto, the commonwealth has decided to request the people of Massachusetts to give their opinion. The survey itself is designed to be streamlined to major key points of the seal, such as what would be the most important thing regarding it. A major suggestion would be to write the motto in a native language, which would give representation to the native folk of Massachusetts.
The Online Survey can be found here:
Help Wanted: Custodian Job at First Parish Church.
Here are the requirements of the job and compensation based on experience.
1. Weekly, clean the interior of the entire church building and annex. a. Vacuum rugs and, as needed, vacuum pews in sanctuary b. Sweep and mop floors in Parish Halls and stairways
c. Clean bathrooms—sinks, toilets, floor d. Dust windowsills, baseboards, and all exposed surfaces throughout the building, e. Monitor lighting and replace bulbs as needed f. Inspect for mice and set traps
 2. Collect trash and Recycling from receptacles in the church building and in the parking lot. Take to transfer station.
 Seasonal: 1. Spring/summer/fall: mow lawn and trim weeds as needed. Church equipment provided. 2. Winter:  Clear snow from sidewalks and put ice melt on walkways as needed. 
 Average hours per week are expected to be 5-8 hours from September through June and 4-5 hours in July and August. 
Compensation: Pay is $20.-25 per hour, based on experience. If you or someone you know would be interested in the job email firstparishbridgewater@gmail.com
Physical Therapy University
Bridgewater * Middleboro * Buzzards Bay
Check out videos of our new facility on our FB page.

Located directly across from Percy's at the Middleboro Rotary.
48 Bedford Street
Give us a call 508-807-0414

Grant's Rental
Landscaping Rentals
Rent our
Billy Goat Outback Brush Mower!
Speedy 24" cut!
Cuts up to 3/4″ diameter max wood material, 2″ diameter grassy type.

Work smarter, not harder!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950
Bridgewater Travel Basketball Team Tryouts
Basketball tryouts for the travel team are here! If you are a student and wish to participate, look at the dates above. This is a closed tryout, so no spectators are allowed. It is also a competitive league with weekly practices and games. There is no fee to sign up. Costs will be assessed once players make the team. To sign up, go to the Bridgewater Youth Basketball website.
Girls- 3rd-8th grade.
3rd grade 9/26 and 10/5, 6:00pm-7:30pm
4th grade 9/21 and 9/28, 6:00pm-7:30pm
5th grade 9/19 and 10/5, 7:30pm-9:00pm
6th grade 9/21 and 9/26, 7:30pm-p:00pm
7th grade 9/26 and 10/3, 7:30pm-9:00pm
8th grade 9/19 and 10/3 7:30pm-9:00 pm
Bridgewater Middle School
Boys- 3rd-8th grade.
3rd grade 10/2, 6:00 pm -7:30 pm
4th grade 9/18 and 9/20, 6:00pm -7:30pm
5th grade 9/25 and 10/4. 6:00pm-7:30pm
6th grade 10/2 and 10/4, 7:30pm-9:00pm
7th grade 9/25 and 9/27, 7:30pm -9:00pm
8th grade 9/18 and 9/20, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Bridgewater Middle School
Bridgewater Community Blood Drive
Saturday, September 30th
9:00 am-2:00 pm
Conant Community Health Center
5 Wally Kreuger Way
The Ousamequin Club, in collaboration with the American Red Cross, will host a blood drive. The food pantry will also be part of the event, so bring a non-perishable item. For more information and to sign up, check out the event on Facebook.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki Collection
Now through September 30th
Bridgewater Public Library
In remembrance of the anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945, Bridgewater Public Library is hosting this poster exhibition through September 30th.
Please take the time to view this exhibit and connect with a part of history that we should never forget.
(The exhibit is coordinated by the Bridgewater International City of Peace Committee. Joseph Gerson loans the posters which are gifts to him from Nikon Hidanko, Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations.
World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champions in Bridgewater
Over last Weekend, the IBJJF Master World Championship was held, in which professional Brazilian jiu-jitsu athletes came together and fought for gold. This sport is a Brazilian-based martial art that focuses on bringing your opponent down with submission holds. IN-jiujitsu is pleased to announce that two of its competitors brought home the gold and silver.
Their FB post reads: "Our journey to this moment was filled with sweat, dedication, and countless hours on the mat, and it all paid off in the most incredible way.
The energy at the championship was electric, and we couldn't have asked for a better group of teammates and friends to prepare and share this experience with. The support and camaraderie in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community are second to none.
We want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who has been a part of this journey, from coaches, training partners to our family and friends who cheered us on. Your unwavering belief in us fueled this victory against all odds! Our small humble team @injiujitsu in Bridgewater took on the the best teams from around the world!"

High praise for these athletes, coaches, trainers and families that brought them this far, to check out more on the event, check out INjiujitsu FB post.

Story By; Ella Reddin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Framingham State University.
Source and photos From IN Jiu-Jitsu on FB
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
 9" Mum
(value $12)
Nessralla Farm Store
416 Plymouth St (Rt106)
Halifax MA

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who donated the land for the cemetery?


Email us your answer at: 
Please include your name and phone number with your answer.

Prize Box Rules: By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On September 20, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Ella Reddin, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
#Shop Small!
Independent coffee shops, hair and nail salons, corner stores, spas, boutique clothing stores, consignment shops, restaurants, craft stores, bars, fruit & veggie markets, shoe/bike/tire repair shops, art supply stores, gift shops, gas stations, pet stores, and many many more exist within 10 miles of your home.

1. Small businesses give back (more) to your community. When you support a local business, you’re also supporting your town, city, and neighborhood. Business pay taxes to their local town or city. That tax money supports public schools, parks, roads, and sidewalks, as well as public service workers, like firefighters. And according to Civic Economics, “on average, 48% of each purchase at local independent businesses is recirculated locally, compared to less than 14% of purchases at chain stores.”
2. Small businesses make a major economic impact. More than half of the U.S.’s jobs since 1995 were created by small businesses. According to SBA, since 1990, big businesses eliminated 4 million jobs, while small businesses added 8 million jobs. Shopping at a local store creates potential job opportunities.
3. Small businesses provide better customer service.  They have is the ability to provide more personable, hands-on, and memorable customer service.
4. Small businesses provide greater access to product diversity.  If a small business doesn’t have the products you want or need, ask them!
5. Small businesses create a sense of community. You’re much more likely to get to know a small business owner and other customers in your neighborhood.
6. You’re going to feel good Shopping Small!
Get vocal on social. *Post pictures and status updates, hashtag #ShopSmall * Write positive reviews for the small businesses you love and support.
Where you shop makes a difference, for you, your family, your community & the environment. ~ Jacquie
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
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