October 16, 2022 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Easterseals Massachusetts (ESMA) announces that it has acquired The Bridge Center in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The Bridge Center is a well-known nonprofit organization that previously served over 1,000 clients annually through therapeutic recreation and equine-assisted therapy. The acquisition allows ESMA to further fulfill its mission to provide services to ensure children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play.

Founded in 1963 by the Knights of Pythias under the name Handi-Kids, The Bridge Center’s vision was to be a leader within the recreation community serving as a resource for community members with disabilities and their families. In 2020, The Bridge Center was permanently closed due to the impact of COVID-19.

Discussions between The Bridge Center’s Board of Directors and ESMA had been ongoing throughout the pandemic, with a shared goal to utilize the property to its fullest potential. The agreement was structured for ESMA to assume ownership of this 22-acre campus, which includes multiple buildings, an outdoor pool, a playground, assorted fields, a pond, and an equine center.

“For nearly 60 years, The Bridge Center ensured that children with disabilities had opportunities to play. Easterseals Massachusetts is excited to continue that legacy and to expand services to even more children and adults with disabilities, and Veterans, year-round,” said Paul Medeiros, president and CEO of Easterseals Massachusetts.

Tom Walsh, immediate past president of The Bridge Center’s Board of Directors said, “Easterseals Massachusetts has proven leadership and expertise in providing programs that empower individuals with disabilities. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the children and families we serve, we are thrilled to see the core values of The Bridge Center continue and see our participants reach their full potential.”

A multi-year mission-driven business plan will focus on restoring The Bridge Center, which has been vacant for the past two years, to once again be a model campus for inclusive recreational activities. Investments will also be made to purchase the necessary inventory for programming and hiring staff.

ESMA has dedicated volunteers throughout the state and anticipates growing volunteer opportunities for individuals and businesses in Bridgewater to be immersed in their programs and organization. ESMA welcomes the opportunity to partner with the local community for support and assistance with repairing and improving the property.

Kimberly Sokol, vice president of rehabilitation and support services of Easterseals Massachusetts, said, “We are excited to reestablish connections in the greater Bridgewater area and once again be a valued community partner. Community engagement will be a focus early on by working with local businesses and engaging local colleges in program development.”

Easterseals Massachusetts at The Bridge Center will offer a variety of employment opportunities for entry-level and professional careers. Updated information about hiring opportunities and campus restoration progress will be available by visiting www.easterseals.com/ma/, by following @EastersealsMA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and on LinkedIn.

Press release: Worcester, MA, September 8, 2022
Media Contact: Charlene Leith cleith@eastersealsma.org 508.751.6305
Register to vote by October 29 for the November 8, 2022 elections.
or check in with Bridgewater's Town Clerk before Oct 29.
Historical Tidbit:

Agricultural Fairs
We are all familiar with the Marshfield, Barnstable, Topsfield, and Springfield Fairs but few remember the Plymouth County Agricultural Fair in Bridgewater. The first fair in Bridgewater was held in 1819 with many other fairs in the region. It was located on the Washburn’s field, the future site of the common and rear lawn of the Academy. The Academy was then located on the opposite end of today’s common. Exhibits were held in the Academy with horse racing on roads around the center.
Eventually, the Plymouth County Agricultural Society grew and purchased a large parcel of land on Broad Street bounded by High Street and the Town River. The fairgrounds included a 1/2 mile race track, grandstands, livestock barns, and a grand exhibition hall that would hold over 2000 people. The hall was also used by many in town including the college for large gatherings and functions for years.
Prizes were given for displays of vegetables, sewing, food preservation, and animals but were also given for competitions such as horse racing, plowing, hand-mowing hay with a scythe, manure management, building stone walls, and different aspects of farm management. Fair officials would travel to different sites around the county to observe personal displays of agriculture. The fair was often opened by the Governor and a blast from a cannon manufactured at the Ironworks.
By the mid-1890's agriculture was declining in the area and competition with neighboring fairs caused the fair to merge with the smaller Grange Fair on South Street. The beautiful grounds were eventually sold and turned into a brickyard. The exhibition hall continued but was eventually turned into a shoe factory and was finally torn down in the 1940s. Today the land is heavily forested, with three ponds (former clay pits), and walking trails, and is known as Stiles and Harte Conservation Area.
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
Services available through phone, email & website only
 
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
Congratulations!
Constance Holmes
You Won a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose


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


Enter for this week's prize of a
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!
Bridgewater Public Library 50th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, October 20th
2 - 5p
Though the library itself is 140 years old, this year marks 50 years since the library building at 15 South Street opened and we think that is something worth celebrating. Join us at the library for music, speeches, and a brief stroll down memory lane. Cake and light refreshments will be served.
We sincerely hope you can attend.
One Book One Community
Voyage of Mercy: The USS Jamestown, the Irish Famine, and the Remarkable Story of America's First Humanitarian Mission
by Stephen Puleo

Saturday, October 22nd
11a (in person event)
East Bridgewater Public Library, 32 Union St.
Author Talk with Stephen Puleo. Admission is free. Books available at event for purchase and signing courtesy of Paperback Junction, Easton.

Wednesday October 26th
2:p (in person event)
BW Senior Center, 10 Wally Kruger Way
Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan from Bridgewater State University will speak on "The Geography of Potatoes". Potato snacks will be featured.

It's Spooky Season at the
Bridgewater Public Library

Costume Swap and Donation
Now through October 24th
Bridgewater Public Library
Donate a gently used costume or swap it out for one that's "new to you." Various sizes and accessories are already available. Visit soon before the good stuff's gone and you're caught trick or treating in a white bed sheet.

All Ages Costume Parade
Tuesday, October 25th, 11a
Join us for an all ages costume parade around the library. Bring a basket and stop at every desk for a special Halloween treat while supplies last!
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 parade will be in West Bridgewater this year.
West Bridgewater is also celebrating its 200th year as a Town. 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, in West Bridgewater at 9a. 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 afterward 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.
Sincerely,
Anne G. Iannitelli
Town Clerk

Tri-Town Parade Committee:
Eldon Moreira, Anne G. Iannitelli, Michael Perez, Ava Cibotti, Gerard Gill, Peter McPhail,
Patrick Galligan, Walter Thayer, Deborah Cauley.

As we near the holiday season, Bridgewater Nursing Home is in need of donations for Christmas gifts for our residents. Things such as blankets, socks, hats, craft supplies, individual care items, comfort items, etc.
If anybody has anything or plans on donating, please contact me (Cailin Sherman, Activities Director)!
Any questions can be emailed to me as well at csherman@rehabma.net!
Bridgewater Garden Club Programs

Native Plants
Mon, Oct 24th, 6:30p
Bridgewater Cable Studio, 80 Spring Street
Learn “Why Natives?” are important for your garden presented by Blue Stem Natives of Norwell. Learn what native plants to plant for a healthy garden.

Community Gardening
Wed, Oct 26th, 1p
Bridgewater Senior Center, Wally Krueger Way
Join the Bridgewater Garden Club for Betty Sanders Preparing for Community Gardening and Gardening with the Community.

These programs are supported in part by a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the state agency.
MassHire Greater Brockton
Hey!
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


Grants Rental
Our October 2022 Coupon is $10 off a day (7a - 5p) or $5 off a half day (4 hour)
rental of a Log Splitter.
Reserve yours today!

Work smarter, not harder!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950
Business Summit
Wednesday, October 26th
9a - 12p
Thorny Lea Golf Club
159 Torrey St, Brockton

The Chamber is partnering with NEREJ to bring you a two part-event, featuring panel discussions focused on Opportunity Zones, new housing and redevelopment, transportation, improving infrastructure, and building the future of the Metro South region.

Regional leaders participating include Massachusetts Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Mike Kennealy, Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Jamey Tesler, Bridgewater State University, Cambridge Econometrics, Concord Square Planning & Development, Jack Conway Real Estate, Ellis Realty Advisors, Platinum Partners LLC, South Shore Property Management LLC, and more.

Registration is required for this event. In-person attendance is $95 and includes breakfast plus time for networking. Virtual attendance is $45. Register now, this event will sell out.

Questions? Contact Cathryn Schofield, or call (508) 586-0500 x231.
Annual Fall Fair
Saturday, October 29th
9a - 3p
Lunch: 11a - 1p
Trinity Episcopal Church, 91 Main St

Vendors, Raffles, Silent Auction, Theme Baskets, Jewelry, Giftware, Crafts, Baked Goods
Any questions contact Judy Guasconi (judyguasconi@gmail.com) or Darlene LaFrance (ddlmel@comcast.net) Trinity Episcopal Church FB Pg
Bridgewater Now: October 12th, 2022
Video courtesy of BTV Access Corporation
Pet Costume Contest
Enter our social media pet costume contest by emailing a photo of your pet wearing a Halloween costume to bwpl@sailsinc.org.

All pet types are welcome to enter. One entry per pet. But if you have multiple pets, feel free to enter all of them! Entries accepted through Oct 25th.

Then on Halloween, tune into our social media accounts and vote for your favorite pet. The pet with the most likes will receive a $25 gift card to Petco!

Good luck and may the best dressed pet win!
Looking to volunteer more this fall?

The Town of Bridgewater is always seeking dedicated citizens interested in serving on the committees, commissions, and boards that address county issues.
The Life You Gain When You Buy Nothing

All that money you spend on "things." All that time you spent working for that money. Imagine it back. Image it in your savings account. Imagine having it for retirement. That's your life. Start today. For yourself, and for our environment.

For other ways to get the things you need, try Buy Nothing Community. Try Yard Sales & Thrift Stores. Keep what you do spend in your community. You will be richer for it.

For resources on how to: What You Gain When You Buy Nothing


Our Climate Can-Do Articles 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. If we are able to keep it under, then we wont flood low -lying areas. There are things we can do.
Town Council Mtg
10/11/2022
Video courtesy of Town of Bridgewater
CPC Meeting
Sep 28, 2022
Video courtesy of Town of Bridgewater
Did you know you could watch Bridgewater Raynham High School and Bridgewater State University athletic events online?

Check out this link for the latest fall sports: BTV Access Corporation
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
Have fun with us and bee entered
to win a:
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Historical Tidbit Question:
When was first agricultural fair in Bridgewater?

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 October 19, 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 & Greg Venezia.
Full Color Immersion

One of the many benefits to living in New England is the experience of full color immersion our trees provide.

"...even the smallest particle of the surrounding world was charged with purpose of impossible grandeur; ah, yes, and one would look up into the trees and be thrilled by the wind- loosened river of pale, gold foliage cascading down and by the high, melodious singing of countless birds..."
~ Mark Strand

"What I believe
is that life
is music and fabulous foliage,
but it's also cancer and wars.
That's just how it is.
Maybe God could do better.
But shit, so could we."
~ Lisa Schroeder

"In some respects supermarket apples represent a kind of collective forgetting - of flavors, textures, and aromas, of landscapes and foliage... "
~ Jennifer A. Jordan
Take a moment for yourself, just about any wooded trail in our area ... those with tree variation are best, and experience the wonder.
~ Jacquie

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