WBYAA Soccer Celebrates the Holiday Season
at the East Bridgewater Christmas Parade

The West Bridgewater Youth Athletics Association (WBYAA) participated in the East Bridgewater Christmas Parade on December 2! WBYAA soccer had their very own float that they rode on, decked out in their Wildcats gear and Santa hats! It was a fun, celebratory event that brought the community together for holiday festivities.

The WBYAA is a nonprofit organization run by parents who aim to support children's athletic participation in the community. This mission would not be possible without the collaboration of amazing volunteers! For instance, Kerin George and Stef McNeill who organized the event again this year. Clint Howard provided the trailer for the parade, and Selectman Mike Perez drove it. Additionally, Anthony Depaolo as Buddy the Elf, Denise Palling as the Grinch, and Kyle McNeill as Rudolph added extra Christmas spirit to the kid's experience. Thank you to the WBYAA for all that they do for the young athletes in our community!

For more information about the WBYAA and their sports programs, visit the organization's website. You can also see more photos from the Christmas Parade on their FB page!

Photo and Source Credits: WBYAA FB, WBYAA website
Video courtesy of EBCAM
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Historical Tidbit: John Ames House
John Ames House holds stories of Old Bridgewater in its walls. The house was first owned by John Ames, who was a descendant of one of the original Old Bridgewater residents.

It served as a duplex for the families of Ames and his eldest son. In 1774, John Ames started a shovel-making plant in War Memorial Park, located near his residence. His plant was very successful, and the shovels he supplied played a significant role in agriculture, settlement, and transportation.

Along with its rich history, the building has several features that make it stand out. For example, the bricks used to make the two fireplaces were brought from Glasgow in Ames’ ships.

Additionally, the house has twelve windows, three stories, and some of the original attic beams were sawed in the Edson Mill across the street. It is interesting how so much of our history can be uncovered from the buildings that still occupy our town today!

Written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Town Hall

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

Proof of residency is the only requirement.
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
1:45 - 3p & 5:30 - 6p
457 rear, South Main St., Suite #1
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
WBPL 2nd Annual
Winter Open House

Thurs, Dec 14 , 5p-7p
WB Public Library
80 Howard St

Celebrate the holiday season in style at the West Bridgewater Public Library's Winter Open House! Join for a festive gathering that's perfect for creating joyful memories with friends, family, and the community. There are a variety of activities planned to make the day special, including crafts for both kids & adults, a delightful hot chocolate bar, freshly brewed coffee, games, storytime, and more!

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the holiday spirit with your community.

For more information about events, see the library's Event Calendar.
Healthy Incentives Program

Individuals and families who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are eligible for monthly fruits and vegetables from Holmestead Harvest through the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP).

HIP puts money back on your EBT card when you use SNAP to buy local fruits and vegetables from HIP farm vendors, such as Holmestead Harvest. If you're in need, check your SNAP eligibility on the SNAP webpage of mass.gov.Find HIP vendors on the HIP webpage of mass.gov.

For more information, you can also contact the Project Bread FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. To check your SNAP balance and HIP monthly limit, contact 1-800-997-2555.
Source Credit: Panther Ed Trust FB
WB Middle-Senior High School Announcements
December 8, 2023
Video Courtesy of WBMSHS Television Studio
WB Board of Selectmen Mtg - December 06th, 2023

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Johnny Macaroni's Restaurants

Make Holiday Dinner Reservations Now.

🎁The holiday season is here!🎁
It’s the most wonderful, and busiest time of the year….

Don’t forget to order your Christmas catering early! We are accepting orders at all 3 locations but we fill up fast! 

Here are our hours for the holiday season
We look forward to hearing from you 🎄
Christmas Toy Drive

Through December 15
WB Public Library
80 Howard St

The West Bridgewater Library is participating in the Let Them Be Foundation's Christmas Toy Drive. You can contribute by dropping off new, unwrapped toys, games, puzzles, etc., at the collection box located at the circulation desk. Additionally, new clothing with tags is also welcome. The collection box will be available at the library until December 15th. Join us in spreading joy and making this holiday season special for those in need! For questions, contact the library at 508-894-1255.
WB Lions Club Holiday Wrapping Party
Sat, Dec 16
Grand Slam
269 N Main St

Come wrap gifts and spend time with friends! Supplies will be provided, but you can also bring your own. Look forward to appetizers, beverages, and music! Tickets are $20 per person. Venmo @mahi-kouvlis to reserve your spot.

If you can't stay, drop off up to 8 gifts, and they will be wrapped for you. For more details, call 781-910-0997.
WB Drama Club's Stellar Show!

Last weekend, West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School students put on an amazing performance of Matilda Jr. The Musical! Congratulations to the West Bridgewater Drama Club's cast and crew. Their hard work paid off, as it was a great show and a lot of fun!

Photo and Source Credits: WB Public Schools FB
Mold Guys Restoration
Air Duct / Vent Cleaning * Restoration & Rebuild * Water Damage & Mold

We are there when you need us!

(781) 910-5029
The Shop at Fuller Craft Museum
Expanded Shop Open til January 7, 2024
Your destination for all gift-giving needs this holiday season!
Find unique and one-of-a-kind pieces from Artists both local and international.

Members Receive a 10% Shop Discount

Free COVID Tests Available!

The U.S. government is offering to send another round of four at-home virus tests ahead of the typical surge in cases during the winter holiday season.

Anyone who did not order a batch of four COVID-19 tests in September can secure up to eight of them this time here at COVIDtests.gov. Those who received four of them earlier this year can order another four. The U.S. Postal Service will deliver them for free. Find more info at Free COVID Tests.
Check out these awesome events at the West Bridgewater Public Library, 80 Howard Street!

Winter Watercolor Landscape Craft
Sat, Dec 16, 10:30a-12p
Come by the library and explore your creativity! You'll learn basic watercolor techniques and paint a snowy winter landscape. This event is for beginners and experienced painters alike!

Pokémon Club 
Tue, Dec 19, 3p
Meet friends with similar interests and come by the library to talk all things Pokémon. Bring your cards! Beginners are welcome. This is event is for ages 7-13.

You can register for these events on the

New Moms Support Group
Tuesdays at 10:15a
New moms and their babies up to 12 months old can meet other new moms to share ideas and offer support. No registration is required
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 all decorations from it 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. So please take a moment to clear your trees before tossing them out!
In West Bridgewater, Boy Scout Troop 15 will be collecting trees, signs with more information will go up after Christmas.

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!
Holiday Walkthrough
Fri, Dec 1 to Sun, Dec 24 (Weather dependent)
226 Turnpike St, South Easton

Veteran's Garden, Inc. asks that you support a great cause this holiday season -- the Richard Tucker Memorial Fund, which is a nonprofit organization that helps first responders and Veterans. Some of their amazing work includes sending care boxes to troops, financially supporting firefighters and police organizations, and making donations to patients in the VA Hospitals and their families at Fisher House.

At their walkthrough this year, there will be over a 1/4 of a mile of Christmas decorations, hundreds of thousands of lights, dozens of trees, and over 200 blowups. Please attend and show your support. For more information or to donate, visit the Richard Tucker Memorial Fund website or FB page. Contact 774-259-5290 with any questions.
Massachusetts Internet for All Plan Information
& Comment Period

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has drafted the Massachusetts Internet for All Plan and is accepting public comments until December 15, 2023.

MBI is dedicated to bringing affordable, high-speed internet to every person in Massachusetts. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has already allocated $145 million to Massachusetts to expand high-speed internet access and digital equity programming across the state. The first step to deploying these funds is developing a strong plan, informed by stakeholders and residents of the Commonwealth.

Over the last year, MBI has led a planning effort that has resulted in the development of two guiding planning documents – a Statewide Digital Equity Plan and what is known as the Initial Proposal for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. These two documents create the Massachusetts Internet for All Plan.

Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School Students Attend Nursing Educational Program

Last Sunday, Juniors and Seniors in Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School's Nurse Assisting program had the amazing opportunity to learn from current Brockton Hospital School of Nursing (BHSON) students. Signature Healthcare BHSON, which is the only hospital-based nursing school in Massachusetts, hosted an informative visit for SERSD students. This educational program was planned by members of the National Students' Nurses Association -- a nonprofit organization at BHSON in which members mentor future registered nurses through educational resources, leadership, and career guidance.
Through this program, SERSD Juniors and Seniors got to see a tour and Simulation Lab. Additionally, there was a question-and-answer session with the college's admissions and financial aid services, as these students may want to apply for BHSON's two-year program to become registered nurses. No matter what path they take, we're sure these high schoolers will go on to do amazing things in the healthcare field! For more information about Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School's Nurse Assisting Program, visit the SERSD website. You can also learn more about BHSON and their National Students' Nurses Association on Signature Healthcare's website.

Photo and Source Credits: Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School FB, Signature Heathcare website
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University

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Historical Tidbit Question:
What kind of plant did John Ames establish?

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 On December 13, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
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
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Queenie Chen, Alexa Pennington, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
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