December 4, 2022 ~ Building
Community One Positive Story at a Time
Miss Louises' Prom Expo

The first annual Prom Expo was hosted by Miss Louise Prom Closet and Special Occasions Rental on Sunday, November 20th, at Bridgewater's Vet Club. The vendors for the Expo were M.D. Entertainment & Uplighting, Teeka Lynne's Salon & Day Spa, Alpha Lit South Shore Beautycorner, Wowlloons, Honey Bee Nails, Nicole Clare Photo LLC, Altair Salon & Spa, Gigi's House of Pizza, and many more. There was an amazing show with boys' Tuxedos and girls' prom dresses. Some exciting highlights of the Expo were on-the-spot demonstrations, giveaways, products to buy, a DJ, and the latest styles and designs. You can see more photos on Miss Louise Prom Closet and Special occasions Rental Facebook page.
Historical Tidbit:
The Great Snow
          For all those out there waiting for that first sign of a snowstorm, I wanted to share this with you.
          One of my elderly neighbors, Hilda (Morton) Thomas, had written down stories her parents and grandparents had told her, and she shared three of them with me. Here is the first: "The Great Snow."
          "In the year 1717 fell what was called the great snow. It commenced on February 20th and fell to a considerable depth.
          On the 24th, a second storm began more violent than the first and fell to an alarming depth. It was said to have been 8 feet deep in the woods. When it drifted around the houses, it entirely enveloped the lower stories so that the inhabitants were obliged to pass out of their houses through their chamber windows (the upstairs bedroom windows) to visit their barns or their neighbors.
          Fortunately for them, the storm ended with sleet and rain so that a crust was formed sufficiently hard to bear them. Many of their cattle and sheep unavoidably perished.
         The people were engaged in seeking and digging out their cattle and other stock (farm animals) for a long time. As often as not, the breath of their buried stock had melted a hole in the snow to the surface so the people could uncover them." 
sue and her plant 2011
Respectfully submitted by Sue Basile,
a great story from Hilda (Morton)
Thomas (1899-1991)
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Services available through phone, email & website only
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
Joyce Flibotte
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 a
free 1.5 hour class at
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Monday, December 5
2 - 3p
Bridgewater Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way

The Ousamequin Club invites you to the presentation of the famous author and tv reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan. Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of 13 thrillers, winning five Agathas, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and 37 Emmys for her investigative reporting in Boston. In addition, she will be signing books for purchase. There will be a short business meeting before the presentation. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Ousamequin Club's Facebook here.
Santa Social
Friday, December 9
4 - 7p
& Sat December 10
1 - 4p
50 Central Square
The Simply Sold Realty Co is hosting its fourth Annual Santa Social. On both days, there will be pictures with Santa, a hot cocoa bar, yummy goodies, a Dear Santa Selfie Station, letters to Santa, crafts, games, raffles, music, goodies, giveaways, and much more.
On Saturday, December 10th, everyone is invited to the first Annual Representation Matters: The Black Santa Experience! The event is free, so the number of children participating must be registered. For more information, contact (508)-807-5394. To RSVP, visit
Operation Santa
There is need for donations for children ages 9 to 14, and The Bridgewater Fire Department is collecting donations to help. They will accept unwrapped toys and gift cards at the designated drop-off location at 22 School Street until Saturday, December 10th. Check donations can be made payable to Operation Santa and mailed to 22 School St, Bridgewater, MA 02324. All proceeds from donations will be going to Bridgewater families. For more information, please visit Bridgewater Fire Department's Facebook page here.
Bridgewater State University Alumni Chamber Choir
Saturday, December 10
Central Square Congregational Church

Enjoy an evening of enchanting music with family and friends. There will be a fundraiser gift basket raffle at intermission for the audience. You can purchase tickets at the door. General admission is $15, seniors/students are $10, and admission is free for children under 10. The church is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact 781-888-4490 or

'Tis the Season
To decorate with evergreens...
ummm smell that?
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
BSU Winter Dance 2022
"Dance is for everybody"

Friday, December 9 & Sat December 10
Wednesday, December 21
Rondileau Student Union Auditorium,
19 Park Avenue

Bridgewater State University is hosting a Winter Dance and Concert for the 2022 holiday season. The concert will feature choreography from advanced students with compelling solos, intricate small groups, and powerful ensembles moving across the stage. It will be a spectacular celebration of art, life, and the winter season. Tickets must be purchased to attend. Tickets are available here at
Toy Drive

Help raise money and collect toys for kids that can't afford gifts under the tree. Cash, check, and unwrapped toys are eligible for donations. There is a truck at the Bridgewater transfer station and a drop-off spot at the Bridgewater Fitness Center, 620 Bedford Street, currently accepting donations. The donations will be going to Toys for Tots. For more information, contact (508) 697-0374 or
Words, Wind, and Wood with Jerry Lagadec
Tuesday, December 6
6:30 - 8:00p
15 South Street

Local poet and musician Jerry Lagadec will perform at the Bridgewater Public Library. Jerry Lagadec performs original poetry and musical accompaniment using the Native American flute and acoustic guitar. Jerry Lagadec was born in Paris, France. Jerry later became an American citizen and served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer. He learned about Native American cultures firsthand through his experiences in New Mexico, living on the Zuni Reservation, and teaching at the Pine Hill Navajo School in Ramah and the Albuquerque Indian School. A professional musician, Lagadec now concentrates on writing and recording original compositions. For more information, visit Words, Wind, and Wood with Jerry Lagadec Facebook page.

For your Climate Can- Do,
Buy Local Every Day!


Small-scale, locally-owned businesses create more prosperous communities, are connected and are generally better off across various metrics. Moreover, when we buy from independent, locally owned businesses rather than national chains, a significantly greater portion of our money is then cycled back through our local economy — to make purchases from our friends' businesses, to aid our neighbors in need, and to support our local farms — ultimately strengthening the base of our whole community.

For our community, our environment, and ourselves. Buy Local.

Our Climate Can-Do Articles from Jacquie focus on life changes that we can make, which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5˚ C to lessen the sea rise. There are things we can do.
Town Council Meeting 11/22/2022
Video courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Disability Commission Meeting 11/29/2022
Video courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Don't let shorter and colder days get you down! Level up and get stronger this Winter at PTU!

In Massachusetts, you don't need to see your doc first, just give us a call!

Physical Therapy U

(508) 697-2000

75 Scotland Blvd, Unit A,

Fusion Dolls
Doll & Toy Store in WestGate Mall 
Buy 1 doll, get 2nd half off
while supplies last! 

Until Dec 12, give a child a doll
that looks like them!
Donate a doll to My Brothers Keeper. 

Inside WestGate Mall
across from Kay jewelers
Our Spectacular Common Gets A Festive New Look!
Winter Wonderful Lights ON!!!
Sunday, November 27 ~
The Common

At the Flip of the Switch Ceremony at the Common to celebrate turning on the new holiday lights, four saxophonists from the High School attended to provide background music and fanfare. Several Bridgewater residents said 30 words each about Winter as it inspires them. The Music Loft and Central Square Congregational Church will collaborate to ensure music plays for two hours each night when the lights turn on.

The Winter Wonderland Committee is structured with many organizations and individual citizens making financial contributions without governmental involvement. There are many contributors for the 2022 Winter Wonderful event, such as Bluestone Bank being the first contributor, followed by the Bridgewater Improvement Association, Harbor One, Rockland Trust, Roche Bros., Morse Insurance, M&S Auto, Chapman Funeral and Cremations, Black Hat Brewery, the Bridgewater Improvement Association, Estabrook and Chamberlain, Henry Perkins & Family, and Ronnie Waffles. The Bridgewater Improvement Association offered to use its bank account to ensure all donations were tax deductible. As of last week, the committee has received 37 donations from individuals & families and the 13 named businesses & organizations, allowing them to contract with Merry Bright in Marshfield.
A Welcome to Michael!

Warm congratulations to Michael Farias Jr., who joined the Bridgewater Fire Department this week as a firefighter and paramedic. Farias has already attended the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. The community recognizes your hard work and dedication. We look forward to seeing what you accomplish in the future.

For more information, visit Bridgewater Fire Department Facebook Page.


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Historical Tidbit Question:
How deep was the snow on February 24th?

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On December 7, 2022, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Leanna Silva & Greg Venezia.
The word looks like a fancy food, or maybe a kind of fish? I looked it up. One meaning is to stand in wonder, but it's the other definition... from Greek: A-gap-e Love. The Greek have words for the different types of love: romantic, sisterly, and agape: goodwill, a willful benevolence, an unconditional love.

Agape describes the love we show when we give to a stranger, when we notice someone. Like the extra tip for the frazzled waitstaff who goofed up your order, or the door we hold open, or the sandwich we give to the person pushing a shopping cart of cans.

Or the most difficult of all: letting someone into the line of cars in front of us.

Agape is compassion for strangers. Random Acts of Kindness. The outcome of a mindfulness practice; being present, and connecting. This is Agape. This is Love. This is Living.

Often joy and relief are reflected back, but the key is not expecting it. Never wish or look for gratitude. Agape is giving without the expectation of any, because with it, life will become richer in ways never imagined.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ~ Plato

"All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” ~ Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
As Anne Frank wrote in her diary: “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
~ Jacquie

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