The Black Santa Experience

The East Bridgewater Community Coalition for Change sponsored the First Black Santa Experience event. Children participated in holiday crafts, such as making a Black Santa and a menorah. Books featuring a Black Santa were raffled off. The books in the raffle were Santa in the City, The Holly Day After, Carla and the Christmas Cornbread, The Night Before Christmas, and The Real Santa. The event successfully brought the community together to celebrate African American culture and helped make the holidays fun for everyone.

Historical Tidbit:
E. Bridgewater's First Radio Car
In 1934, the East Bridgewater Police Department acquired its first radio car.

To contact the police officer on patrol, the telephone operator turned on a light in Fred Bates Morse Square (where lights are in the center of town)
If the police officer didn't call immediately, she would phone the Massachusetts State Police barracks in West Bridgewater, and they would radio the EB Police Dept car radio.
From the EB Sesquicentennial Book  
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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 12:30 - 2p
& last Saturday from 9:30 - 11a
Pre-Packed bags for pick up only.

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
St. John's Catholic Church
210 Center St, EB
(508) 378-3760
Pantry days will be the first Monday of the month, except for holidays, 3 - 5:30p, and the third Monday, 3p - 4:30p, except for holidays. 
Rick DiBlasio
You won a Jumbo Pop- It toy
(Value $25)
WestGate Mall

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Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale
Now through December 21st
Town Hall
Parking Lot

Bring the family down to the Town Hall parking lot to buy a tree, meet Santa and take photos with the kids. Come on down to see Santa, have some hot chocolate, and pick out a tree! All net proceeds go to EB Kiwanis work with local charities.

More info on the Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater Facebook page
'Tis the Season
To decorate with evergreens...
ummm smell that?
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Five Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

Take the Necessary Steps to Ensure Good Health
Eat right, get plenty of sleep and make sure you have your immunizations in order to stay healthy. In order to follow through with these goals, aim to plan your week ahead. This should include lunch and dinner menu, chores, etc. to help you have control of your schedule.
Take Time for Yourself
The holidays can be “all-consuming” so it’s important to take time to do the things you love. Read a book, watch a movie, exercise and get out in the fresh air. While you are gifting others, be mindful that 10 minutes alone can be a gift to yourself.
Learn to Say No
If you are feeling overwhelmed it’s okay to say no to things you really don’t want to do or don’t feel you have time to do. Sometimes others forget or do not realize the stress that another person is under. Find the best ways to communicate your needs and wants with those around you.
Don’t Spend More Than You Can Afford During the Holidays
Overspending causes stress during the holidays and afterward when the bills come in. As referenced before, make sure to plan ahead…this includes your budget. Keep in mind, the best gifts aren’t from the department store and are instead from the heart. Look for creative ways to gift-give whether through DIY projects or bargain shopping at your local antiques or thrift store.
Try Not to Overdo It
Don’t eat or drink too much because the extra pounds, though easy to put on, are difficult to take off after the holidays. Whenever you feel the urge to rid your self of stress through eating or drinking, take 10 breaths and think through why you are having this craving and how you can put this energy elsewhere.
The holidays are a time to relax and spend time with family and friends; don’t let holiday stress get in the way.
Skate with Santa
Saturday, December 24

Join us Christmas Eve morning for a winter skate party at the Bridgewater Ice Arena and an opportunity to skate with Santa. This is not a class. There will be no skate aids or formal instruction. Sessions cost $20.
Book your session today at the Silver Lining Skating School website
Mirror Snowman Challenge
December 27 - 31
32 Union Street

Visit the East Bridgewater Public Library during school vacation week for a fun craft activity. The craft activity will be in the children's room. The craft activity involves creating a snowman mirror drawing. Children will receive half of the snowman drawing and can fill in the other half of the snowman. For more information, contact Youth Services Staff at 508-378-1616 extension three or
EBHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2022
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
Check out our friendly & inviting spot!
603 Centre Street, Unit 3, Brockton • (774) 480-5906
Live Well Nutrition
Our low-calorie healthy meals:
*smoothies *waffles *crêpes * donuts 
and metabolism-booster teas and coffees are delicious, healthy and nutritiously balanced. 
Awesome deal for BuzzAround: $2 off single item. $4 off combo~ text (508) 500-6885 keyword: buzzaround. Include your first and last name 
Climate Can-Do:
Beauty of Frugality

Frugal living is about using & re-using: checking what you have and what's available before buying something new. Often our beauty products are overlooked when we are thinking about living climate-friendly.

Using what you have and being mindful about your purchases is good for your wallet and good for our planet.

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. However, there are things we can do. 
East Bridgewater Christmas Parade
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
High School Winter Concert
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
Holiday Schedule

Library Hours
  • Monday, December 19th, 9a - 8p
  • Tuesday, December 20th, 9a - 8p
  • Wednesday, December 21st, 9a - 5p
  • Thursday, December 22nd, 9a - 5p
  • Friday, December 23rd - Monday, December 26th Closed
  • Tuesday, December 27th, 9a - 8p
  • Wednesday, December 28th, 9a - 5p
  • Thursday, December 29th, 9a - 5p
  • Friday, December 30th, 9a - 5p
  • Saturday, December 31st, 9a - 2p
  • Sunday, January 1st - Monday, January 2nd Closed

Town Hall Hours
  • Monday, December 19th, 8:30a - 8p
  • Tuesday, December 20th, 8:30a - 4:30p
  • Wednesday, December 21st, 8:30a - 4:30p
  • Thursday, December 22nd, 8:30a - 4:30p
  • Friday, December 23rd - Monday, December 26th Closed
  • Tuesday, December 27th, 8:30a - 4:30p
  • Wednesday, December 28th, 8:30a - 4:30p
  • Thursday, December 29th, 8:30a - 4:30p
  • Friday, December 30th - Monday, January 2nd Closed

Center at Sachem Rock
  • Monday, December 19th, 8a - 6p
  • Tuesday, December 20th, 8a - 4p
  • Wednesday, December 21st, 8a - 4p
  • Thursday, December 22nd, 8a - 4p
  • Friday, December 23rd - Monday, December 26th Closed
  • Tuesday, December 27th, 8a - 4p
  • Wednesday, December 28th, 8a - 4p
  • Thursday, December 29th, 8a - 4p
  • Friday, December 30th - Monday, January 2nd Closed

For more information, visit East Bridgewater Town Website Holiday Hours.
East Bridgewater Library
2022 Membership & Donation Drive

The East Bridgewater Public Library seeks donations to raise awareness and money to enhance the quality of the library in support of its programs and resources. Your donations will make you a member of the Friends of the East Bridgewater Library, an all-volunteer organization that advocates, educates, and raises funds on behalf of the library. Donations of $10 or more made by December 31st will have a chance of earning a free customized tote bag.

A form stating how you would like to donate to their cause can be found on their website. More information can be found on their website and Facebook page
Joyful Impact

The Old Colony YMCA will positively impact hundreds of children & families this holiday season through the generosity of local communities. Please consider supporting a child, teen, or family with gifts for the holidays or contributing toward a special holiday meal. If you have any questions or would like to see more giving options for Old Colony YMCA’s Holiday Giving program, please contact Erica Remy at 508-580-7786 or ERemy@oldcolony
When mailing monetary donations, please send them to the following address:

Old Colony YMCA
c/o Holiday Giving
320 Main Street
Brockton, Ma 02301
Experience An Award Winning Dinner

Family Play Group
Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18 & 25
10 - 11:30a
32 Union Street

Visit the playgroup in the East Bridgewater Public Library's Community Room. The playgroup is for ages up to five. Activities may include a coloring table, a legos table, a puzzle table, and other assorted toys for self-directed play.

For more information, contact Anne Vantran at 508-378-1616 x1303 or
Free Legal Consultations
Thursday, January 13th
1 - 3p
Senior Center

The East Bridgewater Senior Center will be offering free legal consultations through the Law Office of Stephanie Konarski. Stephanie can help if you have questions regarding the following:
  • Protecting your assets and independence
  • Managing your affairs in the event you or your spouse become disabled
  • Protecting family members or other loved ones with special needs
  • Probating an estate or administering a trust
  • Distributing assets after you are gone
  • Paying for the high cost of care in a nursing home or assisted living facility
  • Filing an application for MassHealth benefits

Please contact the COA to schedule an appointment at 508-378-1610. Appointments will be scheduled in 15-minute increments.
Booster Clinic
Thursday, January 13th
10a - 2p
Senior Center

Osco Pharmacy will be at the Senior Center to host a COVID-19 Booster Clinic. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available for all residents that are interested.

If you need assistance in scheduling an appointment, please call the Board of Health at 508-378-1612 or the Council on Aging at 508-378-1610. You can also schedule an appointment at this link East Bridgewater Boosters
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This is Ralph.
And this is the year his EB and Whitman neighbors see him.

"Ralph lives with his two brothers in the Robbins Pond area of East Bridgewater. Their house is in foreclosure. The round trip trek from his home to the redemption center is twelve miles. Read that again…twelve miles."' Wrote Steve Bersani on his FB post back in November .At 71, Ralph walks that almost every day. On a good week, he will make $200 in returns.
Even then, things were starting to happen for Ralph, but once he was written about, the hometown kindness flooded in. Jules Lua and Windy Winters-Harrington befriended Ralph and more and more of the neighbors on his trek started to notice him. One person gave him a reflector vest, another one shoes and a hat. Some put aside bags of cans for him. Now through social media and Go-Fund Me, his neighbors are donating funds. Raising money so that Ralph's life can be just a little bit easier. A mattress appears, clothing, food. Ralph is experiencing East Bridgewater and Whitman hometown kindness. If you can give a little: Ralph's
No longer is he the nameless man pushing that weathered shopping cart.
We see you Ralph!
Jules Lua is helping Ralph get situated and will deliver much needed supplies this weekend.
Image credits: Jules Lua
Story credit: J. Rose

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Historical Tidbit Question:
When did the East Bridgewater Police Department acquire its first radio car?

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 On December 21, 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.

Here we are in the thick of the holidays. We get tense, so many places to be, so many things to do. Time to get rid of unrealistic expectations, and time to relax. Take a chill note from the weather, and chillax.

“It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.” ~ Francis of Assisi

“I’m the most chill person I know… I’m happy with myself… I’m not perfect, but I’m cool with that.” ~ Freddie Prinze, Jr.

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” ~ Etty Hillesum

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” ~ A.A. Milne

My goal this week is to stop, breath deeply, and stare at my string of lights, what's yours? ~ Jacquie
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
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