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
Historical Tidbit:
Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters.

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to earn a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories, and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.

People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities, and breaks.

As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions, first appearing in the late 18th century, grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay.

The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in industrial centers nationwide, and many states passed legislation recognizing it. Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later, when in June 1894, the American Railroad Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, to add more power to a strike. It crippled railroad traffic nationwide. To break the Pullman strike, the federal government dispatched troops to Chicago, unleashing a wave of riots that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen workers.

In the wake of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed it into law.

Story Credit: History of Labor Day
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
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
Keith MacMillan
You won a $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!
Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of
Your choice:
a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
Bridgewater State University Alumni and Chamber Choir

Wednesday, Sept. 13th and 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
Bridgewater Senior Center Survey

The Bridgewater Senior Center is proud to offer exciting and enriching programs for our incredible senior community.
We would love your feedback on our programs and services. To fill out the survey click here on the survey page.
Cape Verde Men's National Basketball Team At BSU -August 22nd
Video courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
InFocus: Mandela Washington Fellowship Program At BTV- August 4th
Video courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Big Ryan's Toddler Show

Wednesday, Sept. 13th
10:30 - 11a
Bridgewater Public Library

Big Ryan's toddler programs focus on puppet play, music, and movement
. These programs usually run about 25 to 30 minutes. Come in and have some fun with Big Ryan! No registration. Check out the event on the Library's website.
Meet the Bridgewater Department of Corrections Recruitment Team!

Monday, Sept. 18th
10a - 12p
Bridgewater Public Library

Meet the Bridgewater Department of Corrections recruitment team. If you or someone you know is looking for a job working for Bridgewater, this is the place to be! The job opportunities are industrial instructor, Education Specialist, Program manager IV, Clerk IV, and more! For more information, go to their recruitment website: or call 1-866-WRK-4DOC.
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
Veteran of Foreign Wars Breakfast

Saturday, Sept. 16th
Saturday, Oct. 21st
Saturday, Nov. 18th
Time for all dates 8a - 11
VFW Hall on 40 Orange St.

The VFW is holding a breakfast one Saturday a month to benefit a different charity.

In September all proceeds will go to the Veterans Kitchen in Fall River. Tickets for this event are bought at the door. It will be $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Veterans and children 3 and under eat free.
For more information, contact Laurie:
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
"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. As a local public historian in the field of slavery in New England. Dr. Lewis makes presentations on this topic locally, across the United States, and abroad.

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. For more information, visit the OBHS website
Grow Associates
Grow Associates is a non-profit organization helping individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities live their best lives.

North River Collaborative
Split AM/PM and Afternoon Shifts
*Sign on Bonus
Starting Salary: Drivers: $20 plus benefits.
                Monitors: $15.85 plus benefits.

 Benefits: health, dental, vision, life insurance & MA State Retirement.
Paid sick/ personal time.
7D license Training Provided

Contact: Deb Thompson
781-878-6056, ext. 162
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

To register for the information session on Tuesday, Sept 12 at 6pm visit the Local Cultural Council Grants Info Session,
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. 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:
Lego Free Build

Every Friday
12p - 2
Bridgewater Public Library, Flora T. Little Meeting Room
Lego Play is free to anyone who wants to participate. Parents must stay with their children for the duration of their stay. for more information, visit the Bridgewater Public Library events page.
Bridgewater Community Blood Drive
Saturday, September 30th
9:00 am-2:00 pm
Conant Community Health Ctr
5 Wally Kreuger Way
The Ousamequin, 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.
Back to School Donation Drive

The Bridgewater Public Library held a Back to School donation drive for student supplies. This year, the Bridgewater Community donations were amazing. Our community really showed its love and support. Good luck to all our intrepid students. Bridgewater Public Library's FB post:

"Wow! Just... wow! 

Y'all went above and beyond to help our local students. These supplies will go a long way in ensuring that our students have a successful year. We can't thank you enough for your generosity."

Story By: Ella Reddin, Writing Intern, Framingham State University

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

Historical Tidbit Question:
In what city did the federal government dispatch troops to break the Pullman Strike?  

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 13, 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, Miriam Heath, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Ella Reddin, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.

'Don’t be afraid to try something. It never hurts as bad as you think to fail. You seldom regret what you do. You regret what you didn’t do."
~ Hugh Downs

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”
~ G.K. Chesterton
Enjoy the things that go "not quite right!" Those are the adventures that bring richness to life. ~ Jacquie
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