West Bridgewater Police Present to the Council on Aging
On Friday, January 27th, Lt. Nixon, Ofc. Pope, Ofc. Webby, Ofc. Huyghe, and Ofc. Church spent time with the class to discuss our role within the community, and our approach to the community policing model, answer questions, and give a tour of our station.
Thank you to the COA for inviting us to run this program for the senior citizens!
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Historical Tidbit:
Howard Collegiate Institute 
Class of 1883
"Seven members of an entering class of twenty-two were graduated in the spring of 1883 from what is now Howard High School, then Howard Collegiate Institute; and these seven have the distinction of comprising the first class of high school grade to be graduated in the town of West Bridgewater."

The class motto was "Sunt sua praemia labori," or "These are their rewards for labor."
Excerpts from The Climber, 1935 Howard High School Yearbook
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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
Linda Chisholm
You won 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.

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

Enter for this week's prize of
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax
Rose Paper Craft
February 11
West Bridgewater Public Library

Join us for a Book Page Rose Bouquet Craft with Ms. Kaityln for ages 12 and up.

For more activities happening at the West Bridgewater Public Library visit westbpl.org or their newsletter.
2023 Boys and Girls T-BALL Registration Division 1 & 2 Open
West Bridgewater Youth Athletic Association
Registration opens: February 1st
Late date/ fee: February 23 - $25
Registration closes: March 11

Registration fees include $20 for the calendar fundraiser. You may submit the 4 calendars for the fundraiser for yourself or sell the 4 calendars for $5 each and keep the proceeds. The proceeds from any additional calendars sold will need to be turned into the coach or commissioner.

Visit www.wbyaa.com/Registration to register.
Boys and Girls Spring Soccer Registration is open
West Bridgewater Youth Athletic Association

Registration for U8 Spring Soccer is now open! All registrations go to a waitlist to start. The cost will be $60 per player.

Visit www.wbyaa.com/Registration to register.
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater •
(508) 697-0357
Save your floors from the ravages of winter! 
Durable black 4 ft x 6 ft x 3/4-inch rubber mat. Grooved underside, slight honeycomb pattern on top. Good for covering any concrete floor. We use this rubber mat to cover concrete floors in several areas and even in one heavy traffic office area. Popular as a rubber mat to put under gym machines.
Monday, February 13
Fee $5.00
Council on Aging

Join us for a special Valentine’s Day Lunch and SINGO w/ Jim The DJ Guy.
Capacity is limited, so call ahead at 508-894-1262 to make your reservation.

Read about more activities offered by the Council on Aging in their February newsletter
Monday, February 13
Council on Aging/Senior Center

SWEDISH WOVEN, TABLE RUNNER & 4 PLACEMATS handmade by the WB COA’s Swedish Weaving Group. Drop by the COA to purchase door prize tickets. $1.00 for one ticket, $5.00 for six tickets.
For more info: 508-894-1262
Proceeds to benefit J.O.Y.

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Skim Milk Bridge & Comfort Willis' Bridge Part 1
Sunday, February 12, 1p
Old Bridgewater Historical Society
162 Howard Street

Presented by Joan Pierce (Mass. Dept. of Fish & Game) and Nick Anderson (West Bridgewater Open Space & Recreation Committee).
Ms. Pierce has been the Mass. Fish & Games Land Acquisition Agent in the SE District for almost 25 years. She first became aware of Skim Milk bridge around 2014, by a video of Kitty Doherty and a group of Americorp volunteers who were clearing portions the Bay Circuit Trail leading to the bridge. In June of 2018, Mass DFG acquired property along the town river which gave them ownership of 75% of the bridge. Since then, she has been working to put the bridge and 2 culverts on the National Register.
Mr. Anderson has been blazing the trails through West Bridgewater's conservation land, Reynolds Landing, to the original site of Comfort Willis' bridge following what is believed to be a portion of the old road. Nick has been an active member of the West Bridgewater Open Space and Recreation Committee for many years.
Part 1 will be a lecture, including maps and photographs.
Part 2 will be trail walks to both bridges on Oct 1, 2023, when the trails will be safer and accessible.
Find YOUR Bliss with
New Classes Forming.
Register Today!

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

Join us at Fuller Craft Museum! We specialize in basic studio classes like throwing pottery on a wheel, and offer unique classes like fabric marbling and cyanotypes that you won't find just anywhere.

455 Oak Street, Brockton
Tuesday, February 14
Council on Aging

Chef Al will prepare a delicious lunch for you to enjoy before the movie. Lunch $5.00

When Will Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer’s block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) starts the words flowing like never before! There are just two things he’ll have to learn about his new love: not only is she promised to marry someone else, she’s successfully impersonating a man in order to play the lead in Will’s latest production! Everyone will love this funny behind-the-scenes look at the writing of the greatest story ever told!

Please make a reservation by Monday, February 13th by calling 508-894-1262.

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Fusion Dolls
Doll & Toy Store in WestGate Mall 
Looking for that Special Gift?
Stop by Fusion Dolls in Westgate Mall.
Locally owned & created!

Located inside WestGate Mall
across from Kay jewelers

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Climate Can-Do:
The Importance of Left-Overs

Leftovers Re-thought are Pre- Prepared Meals! 
Managing food waste helps your wallet and positively impacts the environment. In the US, upwards of 40% of leftovers and kitchen scraps are tossed out. Time to rethink our food!  Here are a few tips you can utilize to take control:
1)  Plan out meals. Meal preparation for your week is a great way of portioning out food servings you will eat without any excess waste. There are plenty of resources out there such as Yummly or Tough Cookies meal prep.
2) Compost, Compost, Compost
3) Ensure your food is properly stored. Make sure your fridge is arranged in a way that allows you to notice and eat what food is expiring soon. Throwing out expired food that was never eaten makes up a hefty chunk of a household’s overall food-waste. Proper storage, with enough care, will extend the life-span of your food!
4) And finally, this last tip is beneficial to both you and your community at large. Support and spread awareness of groups and charities that rescue food waste from restaurants, stores, and other businesses and gives it to those in need. A great local resource for this type of program is Rescuing Leftover Cuisine / Massachusetts Getting our community involved and asking these businesses about their food waste management can truly make an impact! Too much restaurant left-overs are thrown out. We can do our best to make sure it reaches hungry mouths.

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by intern Sean Fitzgerald from Lasell University. We focus on actions which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5˚ C to lessen the impact. We can do.
02/01/23 WB Planning Board (Public Hearings)

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Firefighter Jonathon Fongeallaz graduates from the Massachusetts Fire Academy
Congratulations to Firefighter/ Paramedic Jonathan Fongeallaz on his graduation from the Massachusetts Fire Academy on January 20, 2023.

Star Anise
West Bridgewater Public Library

Our Spice of the Month for February is Star Anise!
Come in during the month of February to pick up a bag of Star Anise and a packet of recipes to try!

Let us know what you made and what you think, and come back next month for another spice! We are taking suggestions for spices you'd like to try, so feel free to email: westbpl80@gmail.com with your thoughts!

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the class of 1883’s motto?
Email us your answer at: 
Please include your name and phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.

 On February 8, 2023, 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, Primrose Morrison, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, & Greg Venezia.
Choosing Engagement

I am a HUGE Brene Brown fan.
Here are some goodies about engagement... from Brené Brown, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

“The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, it’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome.”

"Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind.”

“People are opting out of vital conversations about diversity and inclusivity because they fear looking wrong, saying something wrong, or being wrong. Choosing our own comfort over hard conversations is the epitome of privilege, and it corrodes trust and moves us away from meaningful and lasting change.”

“If we want people to fully show up, to bring their whole selves including their unarmored, whole hearts—so that we can innovate, solve problems, and serve people—we have to be vigilant about creating a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected.”
Here is a link to her Ted Talk on Vulnerability. It takes courage to be out there with our whole authentic selves, but that's how the most effective communication happens.
Have a great week. ~ Jacquie
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