East Bridgewater Fire Department's newest Firefighter/Paramedics:
Ryan Young and John Merlini were sworn in by Town Clerk Sue Gilpatrick at the 9/11 Memorial. John is pictured with Chief Harhen. Congratulations and thank you for your willingness to serve.
Story & Photo Credits: EB Fire Dept FB
Historical Tidbit:

 Early Lighting
Before we had electricity, lighting was done with kerosene lamps. They were usually a glass bottom lamp that would hold maybe a pint to a quart of kerosene and then there was the glass chimney on top. These lamps would be set on brackets on the walls or set on the table in the middle of the room. They were never put on small stands or tables because they would have been easily knocked over. Then there was a lamp in the middle of the room, usually the dining room, that would pull up and was on some sort of chain arrangement. It had a round wick about 2½ʺ across with a shade on top to reflect the light down on the table where people sat around and read their books and did their school work.

There were no such amusements as we have today with the all the electronic gadgets. The only amusement for young people was to read books that they could get at the library.
sue and her plant 2011
~ Respectfully submitted, Sue Basile
Town Hall
175 Central St

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 12:30p - 2:00p
& last Saturday from 9:30a - 11:00a
Pre-Packed bags for pick up only.

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
St. John's Catholic Church
210 Center St, EB
(508) 378-3760
Pre-packed bags for pick up only
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The Special and Annual Town Meetings will be held at the Junior/Senior High School, 143 Plymouth Street on June 14, 2021 beginning at 7p.
Middle School Talent Show 2021

The E.B. Drama Dept. presents the annual Gordon W. Mitchell School Talent Show 2021!

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The Metro South Chamber & Eastern Bank Presents the 23rd Annual ATHENA Award Program
Friday, June 18th
12 - 1p
Live Virtual Event via Zoom Pro - Register Here
This important award honors an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in his/her business or profession; has served the community in a meaningful way; and has assisted women in reaching their full leadership potential. In addition, you will hear updates from the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, Mayor of Brockton Robert F. Sullivan, and U.S. Small Business Administration.
Annual Rabies Clinic
Monday June 21st
Sachem Rock Farm
Cats 5 - 6p must be in carrier
Dogs 6 - 7p must be leashed

*CASH ONLY Fee of $10.00
*Proof of most recent vaccination required for 3 year booster.

*Must bring face covering.

*The Town Clerk will be on site to issue dog licenses.

Save the date for the start of our Summer Reading program!
Official start 7/6/21 EB Public Library FB page
Annual spring flowers and vegetable flats have arrived,
but are selling quick.
Don't miss out!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Youth Health Connection - Mental Health Help
YHC, a program of South Shore Health, is dedicated to developing the positive mental health and physical well-being of young people across the South Shore. YHC collaborates with schools, community health providers, law enforcement officers, state agencies, religious leaders, parents, & peer leaders to help young people deal with the various challenges they face as they grow and mature. This regional coalition is committed to improving the lives of young people through evidence-based programs and research-backed practices in the health and education fields. South Shore Health (formally South Shore Hospital) Website

Click here for link to a parents guide to getting good mental health care for your child. Do you need a diagnosis, treatment, a specialist or school services? This guide will take you through steps to find professional help you may need for your child.

Contact for more info: Karen Peterson; Community Benefits and YHC Coordinator (781) 624-7415 kpeterson4@southshorehealth.org
Old Bridgewater Historical Society Announces Three New Board Members
The Old Bridgewater Historical Society announced the appointment of three new members on its Board of Directors, as well as a slate of officers and board members for the current year.

​Joining the Board of Directors are Rev. Diane Badger, Diane Kunkel and Janice O’Brien. Returning board members include Howard Hayward, Mary O’Connell, Katherine Wolfe, and Robert B. Wood.

​The Old Bridgewater Historical Society is a private organization, started in 1894, dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater area, which includes the towns of East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater and the city of Brockton. Residents are invited to drop by the OBHS Memorial Building during open hours (Wednesday 12 noon - 3p) to investigate all the treasures stored within!

​The Society also maintains the Keith House, located at 199 River Street in West Bridgewater. Built in 1662 as a parsonage, this was the home of Bridgewater’s first minister, Reverend James Keith. It was his home from 1664 until his death in 1719.

​For more information about OBHS, visit its website at www.oldbridgewater.org.
~Mary O’Connell, Clerk & Press Relations Liaison; mary@oldbridgewater.org
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Message from the Food Pantry
Donation suggestions for the summer months: snack bars, bottled juice or juice boxes, boxed cereal, spaghetti, sauce, & paper towels. Our red drop off barrel is located on the right side of the church (Leland Room side) next to the ramp. Feel free to drop your donations there. We check the barrel regularly. Thank you.

We continue to receive great support from the community; receiving financial donations as well as food drop off. Because we have not found anyone to commit to picking up our regular food donation from the Halifax food pantry, we have missed a couple of larger donations. The order normally consists of about 200 pounds, 7 boxes, of food. The pick-up is scheduled at the Lady of the Lake Pantry in Halifax, 575 Monponsett Street, at 10a, the second Saturday of the month. If anyone from the congregation is willing to pick up the order and bring it to the church please let Emily or Dawn know.

For the month of June, Stop & Shop is donating $1 for every bunch of flowers that they sell to the food pantry. Please go to Stop & Shop and buy some flowers!!!

The June distributions will be Wed, June 9th & Sat, June 26th. The EB Food Pantry is open to all of our Union Congregational Church members, no matter where you reside. If you would like a grocery order, please reach out to us at ebfoodpantry@yahoo.com or call 617-281-4305. We are also looking for anyone available to assist with distribution during the summer months to cover vacations for our regular volunteers. To inquire about dates and times, please email ebfoodpantry@yahoo.com or call 617-281-4305. Thank you.

Thank you for your continued support,
Emily & Dawn
EB Emergency Food Pantry Directors
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An old-fashioned candy store 
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Mon - Sat: 10 am til 8 pm
Sunday 11 am til 6 pm 

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785 Bedford St, Rt 18, Whitman
Congratulations EB Seniors!
Senior stroll-past middle school & elementary school students June 3, 2021

Photo credits: Lisa Rue (above left) & Christine Howard (above right) EBCAM FB (full group)
To watch the graduation video : EB CAM


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What were the bottom of the lamps typically made of?

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Getting ready to adventure near and far?

Here are a few quotes to spark your wanderlust.

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
~ Lewis Carroll

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ Andre Gide

“So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” ~ Jack Kerouac
There are so many stories you have yet to experience. We leave, so that we may return home with a richer soul.
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Michelle Montella, Janice O'Brien & Jacquelyn Rose
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