EB Commercial Club Does It Again - 28th Annual Chili Chowda Fest!

This years Chili Chowda Fest hosted by the East Bridgewater Commercial Club (EBCC) was a success!! At this event, chili and chowder are served and prizes are given to the first place winners for the best chili and chowder. A motorcycle competition took place and there was also live music! To see the winners visit the EBCC FB Page. Tons of vendors participated, setting up booths, and providing food for sale. Each year folks look forward to this event. Everyone made the most out a rainy day and enjoyed to the max!

Thanks to the East Bridgewater Commercial Club for putting on this grand event!

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

The Orr Family

St. John's Rectory, where Sam Orr used to live. 

The Orr family is a well- known family of East Bridgewater.  Hugh Orr, born in Scotland in 1715, came to this area and became a well-known iron manufacturer, supplying hundreds of muskets for colonists in this area during the Revolutionary War. 
His son, Hector Orr, born here in March 1770, is one of the most famous doctors of the East Parish of Bridgewater (later becoming East Bridgewater). In 1796, he was commissioned by President John Adams to accompany an expedition to India.  
An active member of the Freemasons, Dr. Orr organized the Fellowship Lodge of Bridgewater, which had its first meeting in the East Parish meeting house, and there he met another Mason, Paul Revere.

Dr. Orr practiced here for almost sixty years until his death in 1855. His son Samuel lived in the house facing the Common, now the rectory of St. John's Parish. Samuel followed his father in the medical profession and he too served the East Parish of Bridgewater.

Story Photo and Credit: East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Commemorative Booklet
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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. 

Free Community Meal
EBUMC 54 N. Central St.
Every Wednesday 5:30 - 6:30.
Donations welcome.
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Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of
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Planning Board Members Needed

175 Central St
The East Bridgewater Planning Board is looking for members.

There are three vaccines, one regular member, and two associate members. If you are interested in serving on the board you must submit a letter of interest and complete an application for appointment.

Email both of these documents to Rebecca Johnson or deliver them in person to the East Bridgewater Select Board's office.
Bicentennial Bash
Sat, Oct 21, 7p-11p
1 Neilson Ave

The East Bridgewater Bicentennial is hosting a night to remember. Dance the night away with musical guest, Four In A Row! Celebrate two centuries in one night, the 50's and 60's and get ready to boogie to some classics. Registration is required. Tickets are 10 dollars each. To register visit the Eventbrite Page to purchase your ticket. For more info: East Bridgewater Bicentennial FB Page
Donations for Domestic Violence Survivors

The class of 2026 at East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School have come together to collect toiletries donations for domestic violence survivors and their families throughout the month of October. Donations can be dropped off at the East Bridgewater Police Department and if you have a child that attends the high school, there is a donation bin outside Mr.Fox's office. Donations will then be disbursed to local organizations that support domestic violence survivors and their families. The deadline for donations is October 27th. A list of acceptable donations can be found here.

Fall 2023 Spirit Games
Tue October 17, 2023
Men's Soccer - 3:30pm
Women's Volleyball - 6pm
Brockton Campus

Fans receive a pink Massasoit T-shirt while supplies last.
East Bridgewater Community Coalition for Change
Upcoming Meeting

Monday, October 23
Zoom, 7:30p
The East Bridgewater Community Coalition for Change (EBCCC) is a network that consists of committed parents, and individuals who are taking accountable steps in addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in their community and schools. If you are interested in being apart of a group that raises awareness, challenges one another, and provides support to fellow members all while celebrating diversity, the next meeting is coming up! The EBCCC is looking for new volunteers and board members. Make sure to send an email if you plan on attending. An agenda and link will then be sent to you.
For more info: EBCCC Webpage
Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters'
Duck Drop 2023
The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters' Annual Rubber Duck Drop was held at West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School, October 7, 2023. Over a thousand rubber ducks competed to hit the target. Duck #102 claimed the victory by landing closest to the center, securing the $250 cash prize. Duck #66 took the second spot, with duck #445 in third place. The most notable entry, duck #255, the duck furtherest away from the mark. Congratulations to everyone who competed and helped to support the Rotary Club's good works!
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East Bridgewater School Committee Meeting
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Special Brockton Symphony Chamber Players - Concert 2023

Coverage of a Special Brockton Symphony Chamber Players Concert at East Bridgewater High School Saturday, September 30, 2023.

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Wednesday Addams Escape Room
Mon, October 23
5:30p-7:30 - 6:30-7:30p

Wednesday Addams has gone missing! Take part in this murder mystery and escape room. Participants will have sixty minutes to survey the room, and solve clues. There will be two sessions on Monday. This event is intended for ages 10-18, and registration is required. Please only register for one session.
Trunk or Treat
Fri, Oct 27, 10-11a
635 Plymouth St

The Old Colony YMCA is hosting a free trunk or treat event! Stop by with the kiddos in costume and grab some treats just in time for Halloween! Registration is required. To register visit the Eventbrite page and fill out the form.
Halloween Lunch and Party
Mon, Oct 30, 12p
355 Plymouth St
The East Bridgewater Council on Aging is hosting a lunch and halloween party! They will serve baked ziti, meatballs, and garlic rolls for lunch. There will be desert! There is a $2.50 donation for lunch. After lunch, Matt York a New England musician and author will perform songs from The Highway Men and tell stories of their careers. The Highway Men consisted of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Call 508-378-1610 before October 24th to register.
Climate Can Do:
The Buy Nothing Project
The BN project exists to trade goods freely without purchasing them. Less of our earth's resources are used if we share what we already have. Less items like furniture, clothes, housewares and sporting goods end up in landfills. Over 6 million people around the world are in the Buy Nothing movement! Download the free app and within minutes, you can Give, Ask, and share your Gratitude with your neighbors. It's instant and easy.

What goods can you give on Buy Nothing?: Anything someone else may want. Maybe you have a perfectly good chair to get rid of? You can list it on the BN app, and someone will take it. Do you see something you like, get in touch with the person who posted it, and it can be yours.
What is a Buy Nothing Community?: A BN community is the people around you. There are BN Communities in Bridgewater, Brockton, East / West Bridgewater combined one, as are Halifax & Hanson. Find the community that's right for you.

Donate to the Project: Loving the money you are saving? Contribute here. Helping removes trash from the environment. The longer an item can remain out of a landfill, the better. The BN Project is run by donations by the community and sponsors. Buy Nothing Project is fiscally sponsored by Angels for Angels, a 501(c)(3), Donations are tax-deductible.

Getting involved: If you want to join, you can download the app on your phone or computer from the app store. Anything else you'd like to know? buynothingproject.org

 This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Ella Reddin, BuzzAround Writing Intern at Framingham State University. Focusing on actions that individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do it!
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One Shot Tabletop Dungeons and Dragons Sessions
Fri, Nov 3, 5-9p
105 Pleasant St, Union Congregational Church
Join Michelle, a master of the game for over 13 years at this D&D game session. Dice will be loaned for those who don't have their own. Dungeons and Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game. Beverages will be provided and pizza will be available for purchase. No experience is necessary to participate in this game! This event is for those ages 14-17.
Free Family Holiday Portraits
Sat, Nov 4, 10a-12p
Public Library, 32 Union St

The East Bridgewater Public Library is hosting an event where you can get free family holiday portraits! The photos will be taken by teen volunteers. Reserve a 30 minute time slot by registering and receive your photos by email within a week. Registration opens on October 21st.

EB Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced! Ceremony Tix Available.
Sat, Nov 25
143 Plymouth St, 6pm
Coach Mike Dunphy and the 2005, 2006, and 2008 Winter Cheerleading Teams along with twenty three individuals will be inducted into the East Bridgewater Athletic Hall of Fame! This decision was made after careful consideration (which also included input from the community). The East Bridgewater Hall of Fame Committee includes former athletes, coaches, school personnel, and community members. If you would like to support and congratulate these new inductees, the East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High school will be hosting an induction ceremony. There will be a dinner and social hour that begins at 6pm in the cafeteria. The induction ceremony will begin at 7pm and will take place in the Judith A Reardon Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $25. Children 12 and under can attend at no cost.

Please purchase your tickets by November 24th by contacting the Athletic Director through email ,calling 508-378-5850 or through Eventbrite. There will be no tickets sold at the door. Additional donations for the East Bridgewater Athletic Hall of Fame can be made through Facebook or through the Athletic Director.
Story Source and Photo Credit: EB Athletic Hall of Fame
Story written by Siara Morel Ortiz, BuzzAround Journalism Intern, Umass Boston

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Historical Tidbit Question:
What occupation did Hector Orr hold?

Email us your answer at: Prizes@buzzaround.info
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Prize Box Rules: By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around. On October 18, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Siara Morel Ortiz, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Connecting Cousins.

"Cousins are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer."
~ Ed Cunningham

"No matter how you feel about your extended family or family gatherings you will be attending. This is because now the ultimate reason for attending family gatherings is for your children to have the time of their lives with their cousins. Little kids love their cousins. I’m not being cute or exaggerating here. Cousins are like celebrities for little kids. If little kids had a People magazine, cousins would be on the cover. Cousins are the barometers of how fun a family get-together will be. Are the cousins going to be there? Fun! "
~ Jim Gaffigan

"My cousins are shareholders of my soul. "
~ Saswat Padh
Dear Reader, some families are given; some you chose or they choose you. Whoever your family may be, I hope people in your life comfort and support you.

Being part of a large family network has brought me great comfort. When I was young they were all fun and amazing. Always with a smile and a hug and something cool to show me. And now they are a source of wisdom and connection. We have pushed so hard for personal independence in American society, sometimes we forget it's okay to lean on our roots.
Enjoy your week folks. ~ Jacquie

Dedicating this column to my cousin Barbara, whose life force blesses all around her.
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
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