February 17, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Pictured: Elder Affairs Director Lorraine Carrozza and our COA amazing volunteer Regina Cohen.
Pictured: Ruth Robinson, Claire Freeman, Assistant Town Manager Kimberly Williams, Ed Shonio, Anita Smith and Julie Bernache
Photos and story courtesy of: Town of Bridgewater Facebook Page: Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers and employees at the Cole-Yeaton Senior Center who provide home cooked lunches every Monday and Tuesday! Today, our Assistant Town Manager was honored to serve lunches with the fantastic staff. To learn more about what's happening at the Senior Center, please visit their website at  www.bridgewaterma.org/157/Elder-Affairs
Historical Tidbit: 

 Sturtevant's Pond
Iron manufacturing in Bridgewater prior to 1775 was scattered throughout the town. The earliest map 1775 shows up to 7 different sites of forges, air furnaces, and slitting mills. In 1707, a group of men leased land from the Titicut Indians for a foundry on the Forge River, today known as Snow's Brook. 
 This was probably the beginning of Sturtevant's Pond.
In 1758, a list of foundries shows a foundry owned by Josiah Edson, grandson of Capt. Samuel Edson and a representative to the colonial state government. This would have been the mill on South Brook at Carver's Pond. In the spring of 1776 the Massachusetts General Court decide to establish a state owned foundry for the manufacture of large cannon for ships and coastal fortifications. A new member of the legislature from Bridgewater by the name of Hugh Orr, was a member of the committee appointed to study the problem. The colonial government sent Paul Revere out to evaluate the work. His reports were favorable and a guard was placed onsite to protect the process from falling into British hands. From that time until about 1900, there is no history of the foundry. In 1900 it is shown on a map as the Bartlett Tack Factory. About 1945 the last building on the foundry site was torn down.
The Titicut section of town is sometimes referred to in some of the old history books as old Bridgewater's fifth parish. Judge Stedman from Boston built a substantial home and series of small cabins on the pond around 1900. The complex was used to rehabilitate young men from the city who had gone through his court. The home was also used a secluded getaway for Mayor Curly and then later to be owned by a Dr. Sturtevant.

Submitted by: David Moore
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Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Mon - Thurs 8a - 4p, Fri 8a - 1p
Public Library
15 South Street
Mon - Wed 9a - 8p 
Thurs 10a - 5p, Fri & Sat 10a - 2p
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Mon - Thurs 9a - 3p, Fri 9a - noon 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1pm
1st Monday of each month from 6 to 8 pm
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You could win a Free Consultation and kitchen gift bag ($250 value) from
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The Bridgewater “Hometown Hero” Banners are now on display at the
Bridgewater Public Library.  
Approximately, 50 faces of veterans, ranging from World War II to current members of the military, are now adorning the walls of the lower level at the Bridgewater Public Library.
The Bridgewater “Hometown Hero” banners feature veterans with Bridgewater ties who served or are currently serving in all branches of the armed forces. The project was started by a committee made up of members of the Bridgewater Historical Commission, veterans and Bridgewater residents.
The banners, measuring 24 inches by 48 inches, each feature an image of the veteran, his or her name, the branch of service, the era of service if applicable and a sponsor’s name or message if desired.
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Bridgewater Farm Supply is Your Complete Garden, Farm & Pet Store
Keep your floors clean, avoid slips and protect your porch floor this winter! Our stall mats can do it all!
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Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
A Note From BR Schools About Bus Routes:

Believe it or not, we are already working on next year’s bus routes! If you have recently moved, please complete the online Change of Address Form so we can update our records.

Also, if you filled out the online form, don’t forget to submit the proof of residency. All forms can be emailed to  changeof-address@bridge-rayn.org  or faxed to 508-279-2128. If you have any questions, please contact Ellen George in the Central Regis- tration and Transportation office at 508-279-2140 x140
If you’re about to go down,
lean forward! That helps ensure that the back of your head and spine don't take the impact. If you can, try to fall on your side as your hips, thigh, and shoulder are some of the harder bones in the body. Your wrist, back, or arms may lead to more broken bones. Try to relax your muscles as you fall. Loose muscles can help cushion the impact.
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Join Us for a
Lecture on the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at the Old Bridgewater Historical Society

Sun Feb 17, at 1 p.m. 
by Dr. Thomas R. Turner
Memorial Building 162 Howard St., West Bridgewater. 
There are many theories as to why John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. Was he an insane actor, a dedicated Southern patriot backed by the Confederate government, a front man for Lincoln’s northern enemies the Radical Republicans, or was the murder a simple conspiracy? This program will examine some of the major theories surrounding the Lincoln assassination, revealing the circular motion involved as once discredited arguments slip in and out of favor.
This will be presented by Dr. Thomas R. Turner, Professor Emeritus at Bridgewater State University. Dr. Turner taught for 39 years in the History Department at the university, and is the author of “Beware the People Weeping: Public Opinion and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln” and “The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.” He also worked as a historian for the assassination movie “The Conspirator”, directed by Robert Redford and starring James McEvoy and Robin Wright. From 2011 to 2015, Prof. Turner was the Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
The In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on February 24th at 1 p.m.

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"Pursuing Black Excellence"
Lecture by Dr. Oneeka Williams, urologic surgeon, children's book author & entrepreneur 

Friday, February 22, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM (ET)
Bridgewater State University
Rondileau Campus Ctr, 208

Dr. Oneeka Williams Is A Harvard Medical School Graduate Who Ranks Among The Top Urologic Surgeons in the United States. She is a practicing surgeon at St. Elizabeth Medical Centre in Boston and is an assistant clinical professor of urology at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Through her volunteer work in the community and as a teacher and mentor, Dr. Oneeka is committed to inspiring all all children, and especially girls, towards a greater interest in science, a positive attitude, and the pursuit of excellence in all their endeavours. To further her advocacy of literacy and science education, she is authoring a series of children’s books. 

Contact for this event: Dr. Emily Field
Does your primary care physician refer you to
specialists only within their group?
Perhaps you should consider seeing a clinician who can refer you to the specialist that best fits your needs!

Bethel Family Medicine
111 Torrey St, Brockton (508) 588-1200

Garden Club Meeting "Eat What You Grow" with Meg Muckenhoupt

Monday, February 25, 2019 at 6:30- 9 PM

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February Bridgewater Business Association Meeting

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Loving - The Movie Trailer
Come to a FREE viewing of the movie

LOVING on Tuesday, February 26,
7pm at the First Parish UU Church 50 School St, Bridgewater

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision.

The public is welcome to join us for the viewing and the discussion to follow.
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Co-sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of
the First Parish UU Church and the Bridgewater Citizens for Civility & Respect.
This is the 11th in our Black Lives Matter film series.
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Last year, the Old Bridgewater Historical Society was able to successfully raise the funding necessary to preserve the original "Bridgewater Deed" signed by Myles Standish, Constant Southworth, Samuel Nash, and the Wampanoag Sachem Massasoit....

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Join Us for our Spring Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer Training

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:45 a.m. to 12 Noon
TRWA Office at Sweet's Knoll State Park 
1387 Somerset Avenue, Dighton MA
Become a
"Guardian of the Taunton River Watershed"  
Join our Water Quality Monitoring Testing Team.
You're invited to join us for a Water Quality Sampling Training Session on February 23, 9:45 a.m. to 12 noon.  

This training is free of charge. Please register in advance by emailing the TRWA office at: director@savethetaunton.org .

New monthly program! TED Talks! at the Bridgewater Public Library
Thursday, February 28th at 3:00 p.m.

Expand your horizons with a TED Talk! TED Talks are recorded presentations that last 20 minutes or less on a wide variety of topics including science and technology to culture and arts. During each TED Talk we will watch approximately 40 minutes of a common theme and discuss the talks for 20 minutes. This month’s topic is Life-Long Learning.

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.”

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Ask about our workshops
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Bridgewater Town Council - Feb. 5th, 2019
& Mitchell School Building Committee - Jan 28th, 2019 (below)
Videos courtesy of BTV
Forum: Issues Related to Wars, Trade Wars, Migration, and Refugees in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Maxwell Library Heritage Room

Minnock Institute for Global Engagement, Global Programs, Center for Middle East Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies invite you and your classes to attend:

Prof. Ellen Gallagher, Stonehill College and Senior Advisor with the Department of Homeland Security
Ms. Maria Martin Goula, Civic and Social Organizer
Dr. Rachel Navarre, Political Science Department, BSU
Dr. Chien Yu, Asian Studies, Management Department, BSU
Students: Global Perspective
Dr. Madhu Rao, Director, Center for Middle East Studies, Geography Department, BSU
Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi, Academic Director of Global Programs, BSU

Refreshments will be served.
Open to the public
Ousamequin Club
Monday, March 4 @ 1:00pm at the Bridgewater Senior Center. 

Following a light lunch and short business meeting, we will be visited by Margaret Monday who will give an informative talk on the values of line dancing. Ms. Monday can be seen dancing at the Bridgewater Senior Center on Wednesdays and at Oak Point in Middleboro on Saturdays. Wear your dancing shoes as we just might get up to try a few dance moves. As always we will be collecting food pantry items focusing on jar/can pasta sauce, chewing gum or mints and purse size tissue packs. We are also collecting gently used books to use for resale at a later time. Our special project this month will be a monetary collection to go to the Heifer Foundation.  All women are welcomed to our meetings for some social interaction as well as educational.
This program is provided thru the generosity of the Howard Foundation.


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Historical Tidbit Question :
In 1707, Who did the the group of men lease the land from?   

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Time to Bee Frugal.

Commemorating  BuzzAround.Info ’s 10th year, I am sharing with you, Dear Reader, our beginnings and lessons learned while working my way out of poverty. There is creativity in living frugally; here are thoughts and tips that made it easier for me.

About guilt and shame: pride has no place, because, let’s face it, poverty is hard. No-one wants to be there. If questions like: “Oh damn, the car needs fixing, what is the least amount I can pay for the power not to be shut off?” enter your life, maybe this will help you.

I started writing this newsletter on a laptop right inside the front door of my 5 room 100-year-old house on Spring St. in East Bridgewater. That was the only place I could get the internet signal from my neighbors across the street. On cold days that first winter, I would go to the public library to write. At home, our only heat was the wood stove in the kitchen and sometimes I couldn’t get the house above 53 degrees. The kids were at school all day, so they were fine, but if I didn’t get warm during the day, I worried about hypothermia.

Now I live in an apartment (heat included), my kids are in college, and the Buzz Team has developed a socially responsible business that builds community by publishing good news to 10,000 people each week.  BuzzAround.Info  is a great job and lots of fun.

It took me a couple of years, so the time to start is now! First tip: when you struggle, access community resources. Food. Seriously. Accept it. Food Pantries are not going to cover all your food needs, but it will help. Each of our towns has one. Contact info is posted up top of this newsletter. Guilt, shame and pride: Believe me, I have plenty for all of you. Those questions of “how did I get here?” and “why am I here?” take years to answer. In the meantime, get food. Do it.

Go to the public library. Our libraries are self-serve with assistance locations for anything we could want and need. Internet Access. Computers & printers. Job search, education on any topic, music, movies and yes, books. I spent many hours writing the  BuzzAround.Info and finding solutions at our public library.
Changing patterns of behavior is hard, but if life is going for you the way it was for me 10 years ago, I beat my head against the wall enough it started to hurt. It doesn’t have to hurt. Life can be easier!
Thanks for reading. ~Jacquie
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