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September 26, 2021 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Dr. Ben Carson Named Bridgewater's Citizen of the Year!

The Rotary Club named Dr. Ben Carson, a faculty member at Bridgewater State University, as the 2021 Citizen of the Year for Bridgewater. Dr. Carson has worked tirelessly at the Old Colony Correctional Institution bringing educational opportunities such as the Read to Me program, yoga classes and special speakers on issues such as violence prevention and African American heritage. He has also volunteered in Guatemala working with the Project Somos Children’s Village program for disadvantaged Mayan young people. Dr. Carson is a wonderful example of selfless giving to those who often do not get the proper assistance. Congratulations to Dr. Carson on this honor.

Dr. Carson will be honored, with the East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater Citizens of the Year by the rotary on Thursday, November 4th at 7p at the Commercial Club in East Bridgewater. Information on tickets and sponsorships can be found by contacting Mike Kryzanek, Club President at 677-922 0453 or by email,

Story credit: Mike Kryzanek, Rotary President
History Tidbit:
Blacksmith Shops

Prior to 1900, Bridgewater had thousands of horses that pulled farm implements and wagons of all types. 

Every neighborhood had a blacksmith shop ranging from a small forge in a barn to more elaborate shops like this one on Broad Street. This one had a ramp to the second floor for wagon repairs.
Blacksmiths were also your neighborhood repair men for all sorts of equipment. They could repair harnesses, wagon wheels, a broken shovel, a plow or put a new handle on a frying pan. If you broke it, the neighborhood "smithy" could fix it.

Image and story credit: David Moore
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Services available through phone, email & website only
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p
Paula Doherty
won a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
free class at Bliss Through Yoga! ($18 value)
Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR) welcomes you to join our
Orange Shirt Day
Standout on September 30th
3 - 5p
in Bridgewater Center
We’ll be wearing orange shirts and we’ll be carrying signs with messages such as those below.
Bring the children home
Every child matters
Honor the children
They were children
Please come even if you don’t own anything orange and don’t have a sign!

Bridgewater Improvement Association (BIA) Library Portico Dedication
earlier this month, to Diana Draheim &
Shirley Krasinski.
Video Courtesy of BTV
Saturday, October 2nd 
10a - 2p
DW Field Park, Brockton - Lower Porter Pond Gazebo
Registration will start at 9:30a at the Oak St. Gate entrance;Walk will start at approximately 10:30a. Some parking is available at the FCR Visitation Center at 370 Oak St., Brockton.
Girls Travel Basketball Tryouts
In Grades 4 to 8 for 2021-22 School year
All players trying out for one of the teams should register on line by Monday, November 8th. We are asking players to register in advance for two primary reasons.

1. To plan the number of teams that might be formed at each grade level.
 2. To insure that each player’s tryouts have been fully evaluated

Players will be expected to attend ALL the tryouts scheduled for their respective grade level.

Boys Basketball Travel Tryouts
Boys In Grades 4 to 8 for 2021-22
All players trying out for one of the teams should register on line by Monday, November 8th. We are asking players to register in advance for two primary reasons.

1. To plan the number of teams that might be formed at each grade level.
2. To insure that each player’s tryouts have been fully evaluated

Players will be expected to attend ALL the tryouts scheduled for their respective grade level.
Do You Have Questions About Small Farming? Our "How to" Books Have The Answers!
Need a book on how to raise chickens? Raising goats? How to raise pigs? How to raise turkeys? How to raise ducks? How to improve sandy soil? Drought gardening? Water gardens? Butterfly gardens?
Come find YOUR answers!

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Enter your favorite recipe now for the opportunity to win great prizes from Rosa's Food Shoppe, Edible South Shore / South Coast, Bridgewater Farm Supply & CN Smith Farm.

Share with your friends!
Garden Harvest Recipe Contest ~ BuzzAround

To enter: submit recipes Sept 9th- October 9th, 2021

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Mass Cultural Council
The Bridgewater Cultural Council invites organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs.

The Bridgewater Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Bridgewater Cultural Council will distribute about $18,600 in grants. Recently funded projects include: Juneteenth Freedom Day Event and broadcast of concert & dancers on BTV.

The application deadline is October 15, 2021. Guidelines and applications for your town are available online at The Bridgewater Council can be reached by email,

Visit the Mass Cultural Council website for more information!
Remembering Bridgewater's African American and Native American Residents 1700–1850 Honor a past that has been deliberately erased.
Monday, October 4th
6:30 - 8p
Join us as we explore the multiracial history of early Bridgewater.
Our talk will focus on two African American residents who were born in the 18th century and are buried in First Cemetery.
Their stories, pieced together from archival research, show that Bridgewater’s early African Americans pursued freedom and made meaningful lives for themselves and their families as they navigated a complex web of unfreedom here in Massachusetts.
We will also touch on the ways Native American history from this period and region is both intertwined with and distinct from the experiences of African Americans.
For pre-forum information: Remembering African American History
Ousamequin Monthly Meeting

Monday, October 4th
Bridgewater Public Library

The Ousamequin Club invites all individuals to attend the first meeting of their 2021/2022 Season. Guest speaker Ms. Lucille Barton, past President of the Braintree Women's Club and a supporter of fund raising for the GFWCMA, will speak on the opportunities available to all clubs in our State. This meeting will be followed by a light lunch.
Find YOUR Bliss with
NEW In Person classes begin at
The She Shed Saturday, October 2nd!

Svaroopa yoga excels at releasing the deep tension in your body. While the benefits of this style of yoga are profound, it is very easy to do. We use the alignment of the body, rather than a lot of effort, along with blankets for propping to make the poses accessible, supportive and effective. 

(508) 331-3564
Refresh Your Lawn! 

Grass roots need air, water and nutrients to grow thick, deep and strong. Aeration creates holes down into the soil to alleviate compaction so air, water and nutrients can reach grass roots.

Whether your project is big or small, we can help!

Work smarter not harder!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950
20th Anniversary of 9-11, thanks to Bridgewater Fire and Police for the important memorial service.
....and now we ponder how we can spread peace...
Have fun with us and bee entered to win a:
free class at Bliss Through Yoga! ($18 value)

Historical Tidbit Question:
Prior to the 1900's, who could you visit to have your wagon wheel repaired?

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 September 29, 2021 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Michelle Montella, Bridget Murphy-Courteau, Janice O'Brien, & Jacquelyn Rose
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." ~ Dalai Lama

"Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together."
~ Linda Thompson

"In my view, the best of humanity is in our exercise of empathy and compassion. It's when we challenge ourselves to walk in the shoes of someone whose pain or plight might seem so different than yours that it's almost incomprehensible." ~Sarah McBride

"In Asian languages, the word for 'mind' and the word for 'heart' are same. So if you're not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you're not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention." ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
Compassion for ourselves, compassion for others...
this is how we move forward...

Have a lovely week
~ Jacquie
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