Congratulations Chief Michael P. MacDermott: 35 years with the Bridgewater Fire Department!
Congratulations to Chief Michael P. MacDermott on his well-deserved retirement! After thirty-five years of dedicated service, the chief has recently retired from the Bridgewater Fire Department. The community is truly grateful for Chief MacDermott's unwavering commitment and contributions. We extend our heartfelt wishes for a retirement filled with health, happiness, and fulfillment. Thank you for your exemplary service!

Story Source and Photo Credit: Bridgewater Fire Department FB Post
Story written by Siara Morel Ortiz, Umass Boston BuzzAround Intern
Historical Tidbit:

The History of Plymouth Street

Our present day thoroughfare running east and west is known as Plymouth Street (Rt. 106). It was first identified on a Latham Map as having been established in 1667. It was then known as the Bridgewater Trail, the best road that connected Halifax and Bridgewater.

An 1875 record states that the road from the Plymouth line "was to be crowned 1-1/2 feet in the center and all the upland." It went on to say "The best materials found within the limits of the locations, to be reserved for a dressing, so as to form a hard and durable surface over the whole extent of the road bed. Side and gutters and culverts are to be converted when necessary to carry off surface water." 
We may complain today about our potholes, but at least we have "a hard and durable surface" to travel on.

~ Respectfully submitted, Sue Basile, Halifax Historian
(Pictured, Sue & Jacquie in 2018, Photo credit, T. J. Kelley)
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Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
 
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
508-697-3331
 
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
508-697-0929
 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
 508-697-6016
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
Congratulations!
Erica Trenton
won
a 9" Mum
from Nessralla Farm Store
416 Plymouth St (Rt106), Halifax MA

Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of
a free 60 min yoga class of your choosing at Westbridge Counseling & Wellness, West Bridgewater
Volunteer Days at North Fork Preserve
Tuesdays Nov 14, 21, 28
10a-1p
Wyman Meadows Conservation Area
1715 Plymouth St

Join us every Tuesday from now until December for Wildlands' volunteer drop-in days! Help us reestablish a historic trail system at Wyman Meadow Conservation Area and North Fork Preserve. All experience levels are welcome, and no registration is required. Tasks include raking, lopping, hand sawing, and more. Feel free to come and go as you please.

Parking is available at the Wyman Meadow Conservation Area, 1715 Plymouth St. An unmarked road off the south side of Plymouth Street will take you to the parking area. Be sure to bring snacks, water bottles, and if you have them, work gloves (though they will be provided). This activity is for ages 12 and up. Lace up your sneakers and join us for a rewarding day of conservation work!

If you have any questions please contact Stewardship Coordinator Zoë Smiarowski via email:zsmiarowski@wildlandstrust.org.

Interfaith Vigil For Peace
at Bridgewater State University
October 25, 2023
Video Courtesy of BTV Access Corp
Anime Club
Wed, Nov 15
4-5p
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South St

Join the Anime Club for an afternoon of fun with friends, tasty snacks, and the latest anime, all thanks to the library's premium Crunchyroll subscription! You can also get an early look at the newest manga and graphic novels before they're available on the shelves. This club is exclusively for teens and convenes in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room. Best of all, no registration is needed—just come and enjoy! For more info, please visit the Bridgewater Public Library Event Page.
Planning Board Meeting
November 1, 2023
Video Courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Community & Economic Development Meeting
November 2, 2023
Video Courtesy of The Town of Bridgewater
Taunton River Watershed Alliance 2024 Tide Calendar Winners!!

Congratulations to all the winners of the Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) 2024 Calendar Contest!! A big congratulations to Bridgewater's very own Mike McLaughlin, Laura FitzGerald-Kemmett from Halifax, and Bart Devine who is also from Halifax!

Calendars are available for purchase at TRWA's Watershed Center located at Sweets Knoll State Park in Dighton. Each calendar is $20. Half of the purchase price supports TRWA and it's mission to, "protect and restore the Taunton River watershed, its tributaries, wetlands, floodplains, river corridors and wildlife." The watershed involves 42 communities including Bridgewater. Please make sure to call ahead at 508-828-1101 for times on when the center will be open. To purchase a calendar online visit Calendar Link Website. For more info: TRWA Website, TRWA FB post
Check out

Johnny Macaroni's

November

Specials!

So much scrumptiousness, so little time!
Eat in our take out.

VFW Breakfast for Charity
Sat, Nov 18
8-11a
VFW Post 2125
40 Orange St

Savor a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, pancakes, french toast, juice, coffee, and baked goods at VFW Post 2125. What makes this breakfast even more special is that it supports a different charity each month!

This month, your breakfast will aid the Veterans Brotherhood VMC in raising funds for their holiday meal program. This program ensures that veterans, military service members, and their families facing challenges receive a hot meal during the upcoming holidays.

Adult tickets are priced at $10, while tickets for children aged 4 and over are just $4. Veterans and children aged 3 and under are welcome at no cost! Payments can be made at the door, and there will be exciting raffles during the breakfast. Join us for a great meal and a great cause!

If you have any questions or for more information on this event: call Laurie Hartrey at 508-697-2960 or send an email: lhartrey@gmail.com For more info: VFW Community Breakfast FB Event Post
BW Senior Center
Annual Pie Drive!
Mon, Nov 20 - Tues, Nov 21
9a-3p
Bridgewater Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way

Calling all bakers! The Bridgewater Senior Center's annual pie drive is coming up. The Senior Center is looking to collect 100 homemade or store bought pies for Bridgewater seniors, just in time for Thanksgiving! If you would like to contribute, please bring a pie to the Center on November 20th or 21st. If you have any questions call the center at 508-697-0929 or send an email: seniorcenter@bridgewaterma.org.

Climate Can Do: How to be Sustainable During the Holidays

Our beloved holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years - are fast approaching. There is so much to celebrate but there is also so much more trash generated during these times than usual. With the holiday season soon upon us, let’s take a moment to consider all the ways we can be more environmentally friendly.

Gift Giving: When you plan what to gift for your loved ones, consider a handmade gift instead of buying new items. These thoughtful gifts will be sure to make your loved ones happy. Check out some ideas for handmade gifts below:
  • Bake a dessert! Check out this site for 15 quick and festive recipes of all sorts of baked goods.
  • Crochet something! There are so many easy to follow tutorials on YouTube that are beginner friendly. Click here to check one out!

Gift Wrapping: Please be mindful when wrapping your gifts. Wrapping paper with any metallics, foil, glitter, texture are not recyclable. Instead of using store brought wrapping papers, you can use any brown paper bag, newspapers, or even magazines to wrap your gift together beautifully. Check out this site for some eco-friendly wrapping alternatives with examples.

Holiday Decor: Decorative lights are such a big part of home decor during the holidays. This year, try using LED lights instead of traditional incandescent lights. LEDs can use up to 90% less energy than traditional lights and there are many options on the market, making them very affordable.

Let's all do our part to have a fun and eco-friendly holiday season this year!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern. BuzzAround is focused on actions we can do to live more sustainably.
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$80 for 1x/week for 4 weeks or drop in at $25/class.
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St.Thomas Aquinas Parish Christmas Bazaar

Sat, Nov 18
9a-3p
St Thomas Aquinas Church
103 Center St

Looking for a fun holiday activity just in time for Christmas? This Bazaar has got it all! Take part in festive activities which include decorating wreaths and trees, knitting, christmas crafts, pictures with santa, and more. There is a new addition to the baazar this year: a kids only shopping zone, nothing is over $1! Turkey dinner raffle, gift basket raffle, and cash raffles will all be taking place throughout the day. Lunch and drinks will be available for sale. Prior to this event there will be a preview night on Friday November 17th from 6-8p with a Wine & Cheese Stroll.

If you'd like to donate or help out please contact Kristen Brechter at 508-245-6792 or Kerry Gilliam at 508-577-5915. For more info: St Thomas Aquinas Church Newsletter
Trinity Church
Fall Fair
Sat, Nov 18
9-2p
Trinity Episcopal Church
91 Main St

Are you looking for a fun activity for the whole family? Well, look no further! There will be a fantastic fall fair at the Trinity Episcopal Church featuring vendors, raffles, baked goods, and lunch at the Trinity Cafe. And if you are looking to help with baking, donations of Jiffy Pie Crust, or raffle baskets please contact the church at 508-697-4311. Baked goods can be dropped off on Friday, Nov 17th from 3-7p. Sign up sheets are at the back of the church. 

Trinity Church is also looking for volunteers for Apple Pie Night, taking placeThursday, Nov 16th at 4:30pm. Volunteers will help cashier the day of and clean up. In addition, volunteers are needed for the Trinity Fair on Saturday, Nov 18th. They will assist in setting up lunch or cleaning up. If you are interested in volunteering please call the church at 508-697-4311. For more information, please visit the Trinity Church Website.
BRRHS Raynwater Players Present:
The SpongeBob Musical Youth Edition
Sat, Nov 18
2p, 7p
BRRHS
415 Center St

The Bridgewater Raynham Regional School District is putting on a magical musical that is sure to make a splash! There will be two performances on November 18, one at two and one at seven. General seating is $10, and VIP seating is $25. VIP seating includes a swag bag, meet and greet, and early seating. Make sure to bring your ticket receipt that will be sent through email to the ticket window when you pick up your tickets.

To purchase tickets and find more info, please visit The SpongeBob Musical Tickets Website.
AI Robots Revolt in BSU Theater’s Production RUR
Thur, Nov 16-Sun, Nov 19
Rondileau Campus Center
19 Park Ave
2p & 8p

Bridgewater State University’s (BSU) Department of Theater presents R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots. The play was written in 1920 by Karel Capek’s. It follows the journey of millions of robot workers who revolt against their inhumane human creators. Performances will be held at the Rondileau Student Union Auditorium. The talented cast comes from all over the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Local actors Evie Coley and ZZ McRae from Brockton will be participating in this performance!

Tickets are now available for purchase at the BSU Tickets Website. Parking is available in the West Campus Lot at 70 Park Ave. For more information contact Professor Matt Greene via email: matthew.greene@bridgew.edu or telephone 508-531-6122 (office phone), 508-531-1321 (box office phone).
Maha Yoga Center's 30th Anniversary—Namaste!

On Saturday, October 7th, The Maha Yoga Center/Center for Stress Management celebrated its 30th anniversary. Halls and classrooms were flooded with guests who enjoyed free yoga, bellydancing, and meditation mini-classes, amongst other fun activities like massages.

The Maha Yoga Center opened up thirty years ago with the goal to offer services at a reasonable price. These services include yoga classes, meditation workshops, massages, reiki healing, counseling services, and concerts. Diane Lagadec, owner and operator of Maha Yoga Center adds: “The best part of Maha Yoga is the community of people of all ages, professions, and backgrounds who take the classes."

Congratulations to Maha Yoga Center on this huge milestone! We wish Maha Yoga many more fantastic years in Bridgewater!

Story Source and Photo Credit: Maha Yoga Center Website,
 Diane Lagadec, Maha Yoga Center FB Post
Story Written by Siara Morel Ortiz, Umass Boston Buzz Around Intern
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a free 60 min yoga class of your choosing at Westbridge Counseling & Wellness, West Bridgewater

Historical Tidbit Question:

The Bridgewater Trail connected which two towns?

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 November 15, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Autumn

 "I sit beside the fire and think / Of all that I have seen / Of meadow flowers and butterflies / In summers that have been / Of yellow leaves and gossamer / In autumns that there were / With morning mist and silver sun / And wind upon my hair." ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

" Use what you have, use what the world gives you. Use the first day of fall: bright flame before winter's deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; cool nights and the smell of fire. Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with the smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider, warmth itself. The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world's oldest performance art, and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white silence of winter." ~ Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way
A walk in the autumn woods I count as one of my favorite things. The leaves shower off the trees and I feel bathed in color. Enjoy your color bathing, all. ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Siara Morel Ortiz, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
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