Fruits of Their Labor

In the spring we shared with you how the Veterans Garden was preparing for the upcoming growing season. All that hard work has surely paid off! Volunteers are enjoying the "fruits" of their labor and beautiful summer nights. Congratulations on being featured in Women's World magazine on July 4th!

"Veterans Garden Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in April of 2018. Our mission is to help veterans and their families grow and heal from the invisible wounds of war by sowing seeds and relationships with others through gardening." ~

See more beautiful garden pictures on their Facebook page (link below) and visit their website (above) to learn more about the organization. You can also make a donation on their website, they are a registered 501 (c) (3) non profit run entirely by volunteers and other veterans.

Story by Jen Bellody
Historical Tidbit: The Trolley Connecting Our Towns
The first electric trolley line in Brockton was the East Side Street Railway, which opened in November 1888, with great success. 
In 1896, a line ran from Brockton to West Bridgewater, Bridgewater and Taunton. The following year, the line ran to East Bridgewater. On July 4, 1897, amid a blaring band, cheering crowds and speeches from the company and town officials, the first electric trolley rumbled down Pleasant St, East Bridgewater. 
The route began in the Montello section in Brockton and followed Montello St. to Plain St. into West Bridgewater, down Belmont St. into East Bridgewater center. Passengers who were continuing on would then have to disembark and wait for a trolley to Bridgewater center. 

For a time, one could travel almost anywhere in the area, even to Nantasket Beach! Many families journeyed to Island Grove in Abington or Mayflower Grove in Pembroke. In summer, the open sided cars were used for the comfort of the passengers. 
In 1923, the William H. Luddy bus company began to run buses from Bridgewater, East Bridgewater & Whitman, thus signalling the end for an already troubled trolley line, which ceased to operate altogether by September 25, 1929.
Information from the East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Commemorative Booklet.  
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
Erin Murphy
won a $20 gift certificate to
from independent consultant Katie Ray.

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
Henna for Teens
Wednesday, July 20th
2 - 4p

The program is for patrons age 12+. Come to the library and get some great Henna art done on your hand.

Each participant will earn a raffle ticket to be used to enter the weekly prize drawing.

Register Here Max 20 - spaces are filling up fast!

CONTACT: Melanie 508-894-1255
Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Meeting
Tuesday, July 19th
Zoom Virtual Meeting (see link to agenda, Zoom meeting ID & Password)
The MPO is the region's organization responsible for prioritizing transportation initiatives and producing the Transportation Improvement Plan. Voting members include the communities of Brockton, Plymouth, West Bridgewater and Whitman, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Brockton Area Transit (BAT), and the Old Colony Planning Council.
Please contact Charles Kilmer at (774) 539-5126 for information.
2 Summer Services at the WBPL Provided by a Local High School Graduate

Digital Help: Meet with a tech savvy teen who can answer your tech questions!
July 18th and August 1st & 8th
2 - 5p

Writing Help: Meet with a college student who is locally acclaimed in writing, having won essay contests, blogged for the WBPL, wrote several short stories and a children’s story. Meetings could be about, but are not limited to, helping develop writing ideas, editing service, and tips on writing.
July 20th and August 3rd & 10th
2 - 5p

If you need tech help, or help with a writing project, call us and make an appointment with Eric! (508) 894-1255 ext. 1
Too Hot to Cook?
Come in for a Meal at the COA!

Lunch - Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
Lunches are available in the dining room or grab 'n go. Please tell your choice when you make your reservation.

Reservations required 24 hours in advance

Suggested Donation $5.
Please take this survey from the West Bridgewater Open Space Committee & Conservation Commission to help them understand what's important to the residents of the Town of West Bridgewater. Click here for survey.
Old Colony History Museum July’s Talk:
“The Forgotten Adams”

Thursday, July 21
6 - 7p
Old Colony History Museum
66 Church Green, Taunton

Join us to learn something new every month! Our Talks will feature presentations by local authors, academics, business owners, and history buffs in our Gallery. In July we'll host historian Moriah Illsley Park for her talk "The Forgotten Adams."

These Talks are all free* and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served at 5:30 and the presentations will begin at 6p.

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Lectures

WB Graveyard Tour of 1683 (WB-CAM)

Read more
WB Town Hall Flag
The WB Historical Commission Invites you to Visit our Town Museum!

2022 Season Open:
Sat, July 30th; 1 - 3p
Wed, Aug 10th; 4 - 6p
Sat, August 27th; 1 - 3p

Located at the Old Fire Barn behind Town Hall, 65 N. Main St.

Admission is free but freewill donations are accepted. We welcome donations/loans of historical items pertaining to WB history.

There is an open vacancy for a member of the West Bridgewater Historical Commission.
Those interested may notify Bob Bevis, Chairman, at 508-588-5461.
Find YOUR Bliss with
Monday Evening & Saturday Morning Classes.
Register Now!

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.

516 N. Bedford St, East Bridgewater
(508) 331-3564

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Mondays; 6 - 7:30p at Town Hall Gazebo
July 25th - Mitch Leaman
August 8th - Friends of Southbound

Tuesday, July 26; 6 - 7p at Friendship Park Playground - Alex the Jester

Tuesday, August 9, 6 - 7:30p at WBHS Football Field - Navy Band Northeast's Pops Ensemble

All events are free, thanks to support from the West Bridgewater Cultural Council and other sponsors!
2022 WB Farmers Market

July 26th
4 - 7p

On the Green at First Church
29 Howard St.
Greater Boston Area Commuters Needed 

The UMass Transportation Center is conducting an online interview about how travel information on highway billboards influences transit usage.
Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
Compensation: $30 for finishing the interview
Location: Online via Zoom
1) Regularly drive on highways in or through the Greater Boston Area.
2) Have the possibility to use or have used MBTA services, including subway, bus, commuter rail and ferry, for part or the whole of any trip.
3) Completion of an online screening questionnaire (~5 minutes) to capture additional criteria used by the researchers to ensure an adequate sample.
Song Gao, Ph.D.; Professor, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Contact: Email: to sign up or ask questions.

During August 2022, we are teaming up with cultural institutions across Massachusetts to provide 1 FREE activity per day for 31 days!

For safety reasons, some of our partners are requiring advanced registration. Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

West Bridgewater 200th Anniversary
WB students produced this video looking back at how education has changed over the years as a result of a new building & increased technology.
Video Courtesy of WBTVPRO
WB Planning Board Meeting
Recorded June 29

Video Courtesy of WBCAM
Why lug around that great big liquid or powder laundry detergent?
Save your strength
(and your back).
While you are at it, get rid of those extra perfumes and chemicals that stay in your clothes, rubbing against your skin all day.
Switch to natural laundry pods or sheets.
With natural laundry pods like Dropps or laundry sheets like Tru Earth.
You get the bonus of mail subscriptions straight from the manufacturer... great products, comparable prices. You're supporting earth & society conscious businesses. No more plastic jugs in landfills, no more heavy lifting detergent.
JULY 30th - St. Ann, 103 No. Main St.; 9a - 2p
AUGUST 20th - St. John, 210 Central St., EB

Bring small electronics (anything with a plug & more) to the parking lot, $5 each.
Appliances, cost varies see site for details.

No charge on these items: keyboards, car batteries, cables, wire & cell phones and bikes to recycle (we can pick up bicycles if you cannot get them there).

Any questions contact Together In Christ Collaborative 508-586-4880 or 508-378-4207.
Continuing our
Wildcat PRIDE!
This is the third and final installment of WB students explaining Wildcat PRIDE in their own words.In this video, students were asked what Empathy meant to them.
In each of the WB schools Wildcat PRIDE is discussed throughout the year. The PRIDE acronym stands for:
Video Courtesy of WBTVPRO
Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
When did the trolley line cease to operate?

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 July 20, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Rohail Spear & Greg Venezia.
Ecology: 'the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings."
How is my relationship with other organisms and my physical surroundings?

It can get overwhelming to think about and wonder what we can possibly do to help our environment. I think: “Am I in a healthy relationship with nature? “ I wonder: “Will my actions make an impact on the Climate Crisis?” The answer is I don’t know. I don’t. And I suspect you don’t either. 

But I CAN tell you, each week for 13 years, your BuzzAround has connected with our communities to find and share goodness, to pool our energy around projects that make our lives better.. our homegrown initiatives, our local democracy in action. And I have seen THAT work. I have seen organizations and small businesses grow and blossom with the press we have given them. We shared news of ways people can get involved, and they did!

I AM also a firm believer that a collective of people can make change. And that the survival of our habitat is THE MOST important thing that needs our attention.  
Announcing: “Climate Can Do” simple actions we all can do. Simple and meaningful steps. Things to think about. Together, we’ll investigate individual climate actions to make an impact, and find out if we can, by thinking ecologically, change the path of destruction humanity is on. We are small, but we are mighty.

 I have hope. Hope for all of us. ~ Jacquie
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