West Bridgewater Community Christmas Sharing 2022

Organized by: St. Ann’s, First Church, and Cochesett Methodist

For the past 38 years, our wonderful community has provided Christmas gifts for the needy in town through Community Christmas Sharing. We are continuing it again this year, and starting early so parents can do their shopping. Again this year we are asking you to donate gift cards that will be distributed to the families in WB, Project Grad Teen Moms in Brockton, and senior citizens in WB. The families have asked for gift cards so they can get the clothing and gifts that will meet their children’s needs. The following stores are preferred: Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, and Amazon. We hope to distribute the cards by December 1st to allow parents the time to shop for gifts.

For WB families: please purchase a gift card in any amount up to $50. This will allow us to flexibly give them an amount appropriate to the number of children and their ages in the family. We will also need $25 grocery cards for families to purchase the makings of a Christmas dinner.

For the Project Grad Teen Moms and babies in Brockton: please donate a Walmart gift card or CVS gift card in the amount of $25.

For WB Senior Citizens: please donate a Trucchi’s or Market Basket gift card or CVS gift card in the amount of $25. One of each will be given to each Senior on our list, along with a small goodie basket. Items for the goodie baskets, such as toiletries, slipper socks, boxed cookies, candy, or other items suitable for seniors, may be dropped off at Linda Santry’s home, 54 Tiffany Circle, WB, or call Linda at 508-586-6535 for pickup by December 6th so they are delivered on time.

Gift cards should be put in an envelope marked “Christmas Sharing” and left at one of the churches or given to one of the coordinators.

Please contact one of the church coordinators with any questions.
St. Ann’s – Linda Santry 508-586-6535 or linda@santry.org
First Church – Leslie Anderson, landerson53@juno.com or the church 508-587-3118
Cochesett Methodist – Lynne Hopper, hoppergl@aol.com
Historical Tidbit: 1755 Earthquake
A story from
Hilda (Morton) Thomas 1899 - 1991

        "The Eastern states have seldom been troubled with earthquakes worthy of notice, except in one case.
         November 18, 1755, was a day long to be remembered in the annals of New England for a remarkable earthquake. The convulsion was greater and more terrifying than ever experienced before or since in this part of the globe. It is said that the ground swelled and rolled like the waves of the sea.
         The evening was clear and serene, not the least current of air could be felt to move. The full moon shone in all it mildness, and all things seemed to be silent and in thoughtful meditation.
         Suddenly, the undulations of the air accounted for the approaching awful catastrophe.
         The ground rose so abruptly and so suddenly the leaves of the forest rose from ground and floated about in the air.
         The first shock was followed by two others, but they were comparatively light and did no harm. The first shock burst in several places in the area and honed out great quantities of earth and water.
         In one case, it raised a house so high that a cradle with a child in it was thrown from one side of the room to the other.
         This quake was so convulsive it filled the minds of both man and beast with consternation." 
sue and her plant 2011
~Respectfully submitted,
Sue Basile
Town Hall

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

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
Louise Domingos
You won a $10 gift certificate toward a yummy & nutritional smoothie or meal at
603 Centre St, Brockton 

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
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Tri-Town Parade Committee Invites You To Be A Part of the Veterans' Day Parade

On behalf of the Tri-Town Veterans’ Day Committee, I would like to invite you to participate in the Veterans’ Day Parade on Friday, November 11, 2022, rain or shine.
The theme for the parade is "200 Years of Honoring our Veterans". Trophies will be awarded to the Best Marching Unit, Best Float/Theme and Judges’ Choice.
All marching units will assemble on Stepping Stone Lane, at 9:00am. Step-off time will be promptly at 9:45a, and there will be no stopping except for a traffic situation or an actual emergency.
Exercises will follow at the conclusion of the parade at the Town Hall Gazebo, 65 N. Main St. in West Bridgewater. The collation will be at St Ann’s Parish Center next door to the Town Hall.
We are looking forward to your participation. Please contact the Town Clerk’s office at (508) 894-1167 or townclerk@wbridgewater.com as soon as possible to let us know if you would like to participate.

Tri-Town Parade Committee:
Eldon Moreira, Anne G. Iannitelli, Michael Perez, Ava Cibotti, Gerard Gill, Peter McPhail,
Patrick Galligan, Walter Thayer, Deborah Cauley.
Calling All Our Local Chefs!
Submit your Recipe in our Garden Harvest Recipe Contest by November 13, 2022 Rosa loves to hear about how you make your fresh veggies! All valid entries* will be published in your BuzzAround. Grand prize winner will be invited to Rosa’s Kitchen in South Easton to film our annual cooking show, preparing your dish and be featured in 2023’s Harvest Edition of edible Southeastern MA magazine. First Prize: $70 Gift Certificate to Nessralla Farm - Halifax
Second Prize : $50 Gift Certificate to Bridgewater Farm Supply 
"Food Justice" Opening Reception
Sat, November 12th; 11a – 2p
Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton

Celebrate the opening of Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community through Art at our Opening Reception. Food Justice brings awareness to food insecurity through art and explores how we can shape positive change in ending hunger. Join us for an expert panel discussion, family activities hosted by Wee the People, an artist talk, or simply stop by for lunch. Go here for more details and itinerary for the event.
Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Register Here
Email Kendall Brinson, Director of Learning & Engagement at kbrinson@fullercraft.org with any questions.
This event is supported in part by the generosity of our local cultural councils.
Monday, Nov 14th
2 - 3:30p

Come join us for a fun time of creating your very own special NEEDLE FELT craft.  In the world of crafting, needle felting is one of the cutest activities around. It's simple to learn but looks hard to do and the results are elaborate sculptures made EASILY completely of wool.

Space is limited for this unique craft, so reserve your spot by Thursday November 10th.

This program is supported by a grant from the Trustees for the Home for aged men in the City of Brockton
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Straw, with its light color, reflects light to your plants and helps to keep soil temperature steady… while of course doing the main job of a mulch–conserving moisture.

Decorate for the season, then use to protect your plants! Come pick some up today!
New England
Village Fair
Friday, Nov 11th
4 - 8p
Saturday, Nov 12th
8a - 2p
The First Church of West Bridgewater,
29 Howard St.

A Chicken Pot Pie Dinner, with the option of eat-in or take-out, will be held on Friday, 4:30 - 7p.

On Saturday, 8 - 10a, a Continental Breakfast will be served featuring muffins and coffee. And a light lunch will be served 11:30a - 1p. featuring soup and sandwich.

There will be many different tables to shop from -- homemade crafts, curio items, homemade foods to go and baked goods, travel gifts, plus raffles for two turkey dinner baskets, a queen size handmade quilt, and many more raffles to take a chance on!

Mark your calendar and plan to come and join in on the holiday fun!

For more information, please call the church office at 508-587-3118 or email firstchurchwb@juno.com.
Fall Trail Walk @ Reynolds Landing
Sat, Nov 12th
Reynolds Landing Conservation, Ash St

Come enjoy a nice fall afternoon exploring one of the towns open spaces

Map image from Google Maps
November Library Book Clubs

True Stories Book Club will meet Tuesday November 15th, 5 – 6p to read Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.

Chapters Book Club will meet Tuesday, November 29th, 5 - 6p to discuss Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

Call WBPL (508) 894-1255 for more info.
Website: dbabrockton.org • Facebook: @DBA.Brockton • Instagram: @DBA_Brockton 
WB Public Library Spice of the
Month Club

November's spice of the month is Sage! This spice is perfect for your holiday recipes, or you can try something brand new, like the Cranberry Sage Cookies recipe we've printed out to share. Stop by the library to grab some this month!

Sage is part of the mint family. It has anti inflammatory properties and has been used for centuries. In the 1800's it was rubbed on people's gums to help with inflammation. Ancient Romans used it to treat sore throats, wounds and other ailments.

So much fun was had at the WB High School Powder Puff Football Game
Recorded October 19th
Video Courtesy of WBCAM
WB Recreational Space Committee Meeting
Oct 26, 2022
Video Courtesy of WBCAM
WB Planning Board Meeting
Recorded October 19th
Video Courtesy of WBCAM
Fight Climate Change & Live Better by Eating Locally Sourced Foods!

Local Foods Are Fresher and Taste Better:
Fresher is more flavorful and more nutritious than food from farther away & uses less fossil fuels to get to you. Enjoying foods in peak season when they are the most abundant, means they are more affordable. 
Local Foods Help to Preserve Farmland and Green Space: Purchasing locally grown helps maintain and preserve the green space and farmland in our local communities, providing for cleaner air and water. 
Local Foods Support the Local Economy & Community: Buying from local farmers and restaurants keeps your money close to home. This builds the economy in your community. Since food travels through fewer hands, more of your money spent actually gets to those who grew it. Knowing where your food is from unites you to those who grew and raised it. A strong local economy is better for the earth & our health. 
For more about our local foods read: edible Southeastern MA

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 degrees C to lessen the sea rise. There are things we can do.
* Earth-friendly cleaning 
* Customized service

Contact us for a consultation!

We clean - clean!

MassHire Greater Brockton
Let's help our 17- 24 year-olds get a jump start on their job search!

MassHire offers free:
*job coaching
*employment opportunities
*trades training & more

Rising Readers Book Club
for K-2 Students

Wednesdays Nov 16th & 30th & Dec. 7th & 21st
6 - 7:15p
This reading program is for young patrons that are struggling to read and need additional practice on vocabulary and reading aloud.
Please contact Ms. Nanette if you have any questions. 508-894-1255 nryan@westbpl.org

Monday, November 21st 
Enjoy a SPECIAL turkey feast prepared by our very own Chef Al. Then stay for a few rounds of Singo! Make your reservation early, this event fills up fast!
Deadline is Friday Nov. 18th. 508-894-1262
WB Fire Rescue's Open House
There were activities for the kids, free food and
lots of fun!
"Fire Won’t Wait, Plan Your Escape!
Happy 200th Birthday WB!"

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
One hour of coaching. (value $80)
with Glee Works Holistic Personal Coaching
781-223-8221 MarcyVenezia@gmail.com
Learn mindful techniques to reduce stress
and anxiety.

Historical Tidbit Question:
On what date did the 1755 Earthquake happen?

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

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On November 9, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
A worthy relationship is an agreement that challenges and supports both participants.”
~ Joseph Rain

"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." ~ Sir Isaac Newton

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."
~ Michael Jordan

"It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed."
~ Charles Darwin

"Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life." ~ Amy Poehler

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has."
~ Margaret Mead
When we, as individuals, are supported and respected within a collaborative, the collective mind & body can do amazing things. I can't wait to see what you do! ~ Jacquie
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