Christmas on the Common & Christmas Parade!
The 39th annual Christmas on the Common event, hosted by the Kiwanis Club, brought festive cheer to East Bridgewater from Thursday, November 30th, through Saturday, December 2nd. This multi-day event featured many activities, including the lighting of the common, Christmas parade, and a bustling holiday craft fair.

As the community gathered to celebrate, the event was captured on video, which is now available for viewing on East Bridgewater Community Access. The Christmas parade showcased a wonderful display of floats, marching bands, and happy participants spreading cheer along the route.
The centerpiece of the event, the lighting of the common, created a magical atmosphere for all in attendance. Families and friends came together to witness the lighting, marking the official start of the holiday season in East Bridgewater!

Adding to the festivities, the holiday craft fair provided an opportunity for attendees to explore unique and handcrafted treasures.

A big thank you to The Kiwanis Club and the Christmas Parade Committee and everyone else who made these events possible!
Video Courtesy of EBCAM Youtube Channel
Photo Credits J. Rose
Story by Jamie Puhi, BuzzAround Intern, SNHU
Historical Tidbit:

The Willis Family 

The Willis family of East Bridgewater, relaxing on the lawn in the shade of a tree in the early 1870's: Galen Willis and his wife Augusta with their children; Hattie, John (holding Vernon), and Louis.
Willis family 1870s
Hattie became a musician and played piano with a trio for many summers in the White Mountains. John became a doctor, Vernon was associated with the Old Colony Foundry and was chairman of the town Finance Committee for many years. Louis worked for many years for the Edward Hobart family.

~ Information and photo from Jim Weidenfeller and the East Bridgewater Public Library History Collection
Theres Time For One More Holiday Advertising Blitz!
Reach readers in Bridgewater, EB, Halifax, WB and Whitman and more!
Town Hall
175 Central St
508-378-1601

E. Bridgewater Public Library
32 Union St 508-378-1616

Council on Aging 
355 Plymouth St 508-378-1610
Email & phone contact only

Food Pantries
Union Congregational Church
105 Pleasant St
2nd Wednesday from 12:30 - 2p
& last Saturday from 9:30 - 11a
Pre-Packed bags for pick up only.

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
St. John's Catholic Church
210 Center St, EB
(508) 378-3760
Pantry days will be the first Monday of the month, except for holidays, 3 - 5:30p, and the third Monday, 3p - 4:30p, except for holidays. 

Free Community Meal
EBUMC 54 N. Central St.
Every Wednesday 5:30 - 6:30.
Donations welcome.
Congratulations!
Alta Pratt
won a Decorated 12” Wreath (value $34)
From Nessralla Farm, Halifax


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
Jacquelyn Rose
EB HUGS Community Christmas Program

Join us for the EB HUGS Community Christmas Program! Pick up tags and drop off donations at any of our giving trees located at key spots in East Bridgewater:

East Bridgewater Public Library, EBCTV office at East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School, Center at Sachem Rock. East Bridgewater Town Hall, Happy Frog Copy Center, Paula Coffey Dance, Johnnie Macaroni's (both Plymouth St and West St locations), Dewhurst Lumber, Paul Wolfe Motors, Busy Bee Preschool (both East Bridgewater and Whitman locations), St John's Parish, Bridgewater Vineyard Church, Union Congregational Church

Have questions, want to volunteer, or get involved? Reach out to us at wishes@ebhugs.org or call Theresa at 508-350-9811.

To make a donation, we accept cash, checks, Paypal on the EBHUGS website, or Venmo @East Bridgewater Hugs. You can also mail donations to HUGS at 100 Lorraine Drive, East Bridgewater. Don't miss our giving tree at Christmas on the Common. Your support brightens the holidays for our community!
music notes
EB Winter Music Concerts!
Check out the musical magic at East Bridgewater as they present seven upcoming winter events!

Junior High School Winter Concert
EBJSHS Auditorium, 7:00p, 12/13

GWMS Grades 3 & 4 Winter concert
GWMS Auditorium, 6:00p, 12/20

GWMS Grades 5 & 6 Winter Concert
GWMS Auditorium, 7:30p, 12/20

More information about these events can be found here: EB Music Concerts.
East Bridgewater Master Plan Survey
The Town of East Bridgewater needs your help!

Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) and East Bridgewater are creating a Master Plan. A master plan is a guide for local public policy and guides projects and initiatives the town would like to work on over the next decade or longer. The creation or update of a master plan allows communities a chance to communicate between local government and residents to reflect on the towns strengths, weaknesses, and change over time. It allows residents to express their wants, needs, and hopes for the community.

For more Information and the Survey, see the
Friends of the East Bridgewater Library Membership Drive

The Friends play a big role in enhancing our library experience by funding programming, purchasing materials, and contributing to the library's infrastructure. Their support even extends to the development of the new Connie Ryan Love Teen Zone on the second floor. And your support is vital to these endeavors, and any amount is truly appreciated. For a tax-deductible donation of $20.00 or more, you'll receive a FREE Friends of the East Bridgewater Library snappy Cooler Bag, available for pick-up at the Library Circulation Desk. The library will also be selling ornaments, and the proceeds will further benefit library programming. Thank you for being a Friend of the East Bridgewater Library! Find more Information at Friends Member Drive.
Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Now Available!

In an effort to support public health measures, the U.S. government is offering an additional round of four at-home virus tests, perfectly timed ahead of the anticipated surge in cases during the winter holiday season. Individuals who did not previously order a batch of four COVID-19 tests in September now have the opportunity to secure up to eight tests by visiting COVIDtests.gov.

For those who received four tests earlier in the year, an option to order another four is available. The U.S. Postal Service will facilitate the free delivery of these tests.

For further details, please visit Free COVID Tests and ensure a safer holiday season for all.
Climate Can Do: Recycling Trees & Electronics

While there is much to celebrate this time of year, it's important to remember that these times also generate more waste than usual. As we approach the holiday season, let’s take a moment to consider all the ways we can be more environmentally friendly.

Recycling Christmas Trees
If you are buying a real Christmas tree this year, please remove the tree of all decorations like tinsels, ornaments, metal rings and do not cover the tree in plastic bags when throwing them out. Some towns recycle natural Christmas trees into mulch that can be used for municipal landscaping projects. Please take a moment to clear your trees before tossing them out!
In East Bridgewater, Residents can bring trees to the Recycle Center or have your trees picked up by BSA Troop 29. (Details from the Scouts in the coming weeks) The Recycle Center, at 877 Bridge St, is open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.. Residents need a green recycle center sticker to enter – they can be picked up at the DPW office at 49 Dean Place or call at 508-378-1620 to have one mailed out to you. The Recycle Center is available to all residents enrolled in our trash and recycling program. It is also available to residents who are not in the program for a fee of $150.00 per year.

Recycling Electronics
Did you received a new phone or tablet during the holidays? Consider recycling your old electronics instead of throwing it out. Any Staples store accept old electronics everyday. Check out the Staples website for the list of electronics they accept. Below are some Staples locations in the area:
  • 600 S ST W, Raynham
  • 500 Westgate Dr, Brockton

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern. BuzzAround focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do it!
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Expanded Shop Open til January 7, 2024
Your destination for all gift-giving needs this holiday season!
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EBPL Teen Anime Party
Mon, Dec 18
5:30-7:30p
East Bridgewater Public Library

Registration is now open for East Bridgewater Library's upcoming Teen Anime Party! There will be plenty of activities: anime to watch, snacks, making ninja stars and more! This event is ideal for children grade 7-12.
To sign up, visit: www.tinyurl.com/ebyaanime
Find more information at EB Library Facebook.
Christmas
Tree & Wreath Sale
Until Wed, Dec 20
EB Town Hall Parking Lot

Find the perfect holiday centerpiece, whether it's a tree or wreath! Your purchases will contribute to a meaningful cause, as all proceeds go directly to local charities. Join in on spreading holiday cheer and making a positive impact in our community!
For more info: EBKiwanis Facebook
Willy Wonka's Drop-In Chocolate Chase!
From December 26 to December 30
East Bridgewater Library

Join in on this fun adventure! This event invites all ages to partake in discovering golden tickets hidden throughout the library's nooks and crannies. Once you've uncovered them all, you'll assemble a puzzle to win a delectable sweet treat! No need for registration—simply drop by the library any time during business hours throughout the week. Join us for a week filled with joy, mystery, and, of course, the sweet taste of victory!
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E. Bridgewater Kiwanis Club Lighting of Common 2023

The Annual Kiwanis Club Lighting of the East Bridgewater Town Common

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Select Board Meeting
December 4th, 2023
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
Let's Have A Great Cheer For The Team & The Turkeys!
"EBJSHS won another state title. Congrats to the EBJSHS Cheerleaders who won the Division 3 State title on Sunday at Worcester State College, with a score of 93.4! This was their 9th state title lead by Coach Matt Monteiro and his assistant Ava Royal. The team also qualified for Nationals in Orlando. Coach Monteiro also just happens to be an EB alumni as well as a police officer on our Police Department!"

"In the pouring rain and wind, SRO Connor and K9 Morgan, Sgt. Voisine, Detective Cacciatore and K9 Officer DeJesus and K9 Thor along with the help of 6 EBJRSRHS students delivered 29 Thanksgiving meals to families in need. These meals were paid for by the Guns N' Hoses and other donations from the Police and Fire Departments."

Great work All!

Photo Credits: East Bridgewater PD FB
Reposted from East Bridgewater PD FB
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose. healingstartshere.net

Historical Tidbit Question:
What did Hattie and John end up becoming?

Email us your answer at: Prizes@buzzaround.info
Please include your name and phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On December 13, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Bailey Henschen, Alexa Pennington, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
A Light in the Darkness

“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

“In the darkest skies, we see the brightest stars.” ~ Richard Evans

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ~ Anne Frank

Or sometimes, we must accept what is, and that brings us peace...

"If light is scarce, then light is scarce; we will immerse ourselves in the darkness and there discover its own particular beauty." ~ Junichirō Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows
Here we are in darkness, the shortest days. We can shine and twinkle brightly, or immerse in the darkness and find the beauty it. Either is magical.
~ Jacquie
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