Spread Kindness

Students from WB Middle school help to spread kindness. Mrs. Aiello-Jones and her middle school students decorated their classroom door to remind everyone to be KIND!

Winter Gear Drive!
Donations open from November 21 - December 9

WB Middle School is collecting winter gear donations.

PB Challenge for a good cause. If you would like to donate please bring your "winter gear" to the main office. You can air mark your donation to any power block of your choosing in order to help them win. Each item has a point value. Donations will be made to St. Francis in Boston which helps young teens.

Info from: WB Middle-Senior HS
Historical Tidbit:
Remembrances of an
Earlier Christmas Time

As told to me by Martha...

"In December Mom Watson would make English plum pudding...I remember the year I got the 'dime' added in the pudding mix. I have no idea where she got the rum from. I don't remember anywhere they went to buy it. Dad would buy ingredients and yeast to make his beer, that I hated the smell of, but no liquor in those days, during the depression, that I know of. I remember the pudding hanging in the cheese cloth in the pantry for 5 days to get ripe. I loved going in there and smelling the pudding, and I remember Dad lighting it at the dinner table. That was the only time we ever ate in the dining room. We always went up in the woods on the Indian trail and Dad would cut down the tree, then we made popcorn and cranberry strings. I don't remember any balls to add to the tree. The night before we would yell up the chimney in the living room to tell Santa what we wanted... I asked for a doll and some chocolates, and I got them! I also remember on Christmas mornings how Mom and Dad Watson would sit in his big chair, listening to the radio through the big horn with a dog on the front, Big Ben was chiming, and they would cry together... They missed England so much. The Watsons came to America around 1918 after they were married."
sue and her plant 2011
Respectfully submitted, Sue Basile
Town Hall
  508-894-1200

WB Public Library
508-894-1255
 
Council on Aging
508-894-1262

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
Congratulations!
Debbie Dion
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
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN!

December 5 - December 16
(Monday through Friday only)
6 - 8p each night with
15 minute visits per stop.

WB Officers will be escorting Ol’ Saint Nick to residences in West Bridgewater.
Anyone in town can request a visit! Please be flexible with dates and times as we are routing the stops by neighborhood as best we can. Please coordinate with neighbors, friends, and families to combine the visits so that Santa can visit the most children as possible. In order to keep Santa healthy for Christmas, he will be greeting the families, posing for pictures, but will not be having kids sitting on his lap.
Call our dispatch line at 508-586-2525 ext 0 to book a Santa visit!
Please provide name, address, phone number, and total number of kids.
Winter Wonderland Open House

December 8th
All Day
WB Public Library

Join us after hours on Thursday for a winter wonderland open house! We will have different programs and winter-themed stations available for our visitors to participate in, including a hot cocoa bar, a 3D printing demonstration, take and make crafts, winter storytimes, holiday card and gift tag creation station, a scavenger hunt, and much more! We hope to see you there!

Info from: WB Public Library
Breakfast with Santa!

Saturday, December 10
9 - 11a
Rose L Macdonald Elementary School
1 Steppingstone Drive

Join us for muffins, donuts, and hot cocoa! We will have crafts, games, raffles, and photos with Santa available!
$5 per person. $20 family 

Story & Photo Credit: West Bridgewater PTO facebook page
BSU Winter Dance 2022
"Dance is for everybody"

Friday, December 9 &
Saturday, December 10
7:30p
Wednesday, December 21
2p
Rondileau Student Union Auditorium,
19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater

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 BSUtix.com.

MCC’s A Christmas Story

Massasoit Community College
Brockton Campus
Buckley Performing Arts Center
1 Massasoit Boulevard, Brockton

The Massasoit Theatre Company is presenting a classic holiday play for this winter season with their production of A Christmas Story. With the humorous writing of author Jean Shepherd and brilliant directing by Jim Sullivan, this family holiday favorite will run for five shows over two weekends between December 3-11.

Show Dates Include:
Fri, December 9th, 8p
Sat, December 10th, 8p
Sun, December 11th, 3p

To purchase tickets, please call (508) 427-1234 or visit massasoit.edu/boxoffice. General admission costs $20, but a discounted price of $18 is offered to students, seniors, and veterans.

Story & Photo Credit: Masasoit Community College Website
Million Dollar Christmas Tree Raffle

Drawing takes place on December 12

The West Bridgewater Lion's Club is sponsoring a Christmas Tree Raffle for the holiday season with the prize: up to $150 in scratch tickets!

Raffle tickets are $10 a piece and can be purchased through WBLionsClub@aol.com or by calling/texting 617-970-6731. The winner will be contacted directly and posted on the WB Lion's Club Facebook page.
ROYALTY PLANT-BASE
CLEANING COMPANY
* Earth-friendly cleaning 
* Customized service

Contact us for a consultation!

We clean - clean!

508-594-3181
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. 

Located inside WestGate Mall
across from Kay jewelers
For your Climate Can- Do,
Buy Local every day!

KEEP YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR HEART LIVES, SUPPORT AN ECONOMY OF FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, AND BUILD A COMMUNITY BY THINKING LOCAL FIRST.

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 to help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. We aim to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5˚ C to lessen the sea rise. However, there are things we can do.
WB Town Admin Update: Special Town Meeting
Video Courtesy of WBCAM
2022-11-29 WB Finance Committee Mtg
Video Courtesy of WBCAM
A Message from the Chief Victor Flaherty, Jr.

"Hard Work and Building Trust Every day I continue to see the hard work of our professional public servants. I am proud of our accomplishments and encourage our officers to continue every day to engage and listen to our residents. We have all seen how this forms strong relationships which identify other opportunities to engage, support and protect this community. As Chief, I understand how incredibly fortunate we are to have your support, again observing it firsthand while our department officers marched during the celebration of our veterans at the Tri-Town Veterans Day Parade. This outpouring of support showed every officer that their dedication had not gone unnoticed. We will continue to have our goals, but they mainly focus on strengthening trust and forging new partnerships. We must remember that 'law enforcement exists to serve the public by being a part of the community and by developing relationships. Our department will never forget that integral part, as we understand we are a reflection of the community we serve. Again, thank you, stay safe and enjoy the holiday season."

WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
free 1.5 hour class at

Historical Tidbit Question:
What would the children yell up the chimney on Christmas Eve?

Email us your answer at: 
Please include your name, and phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On December 7, 2022, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by Jen Bellody, Hannah Firmin, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Maeve Stowe & Greg Venezia.
Agape
A-gap-e. 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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