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East Bridgewater Distribution Center Recognized for Accomplishments

Earlier this month, the Barrett Distribution Center in East Bridgewater was recognized for their hard work. This recognition included an employee appreciation breakfast, followed by discussions led by Edward Jones, and acknowledgment of accomplishments. There were mini games, EEOQ winners, talks of robotics and automation, and 45 new hires!

Barrett Distribution Centers would like to thank the East Bridgewater team and their partner, the '47 Team for their continued partnership and hard work.

Written by Erin Payne, BuzzAround intern, SNHU
Historical Tidbit:
Buried in Elmwood Cemetery


William H. Osborne: Rank and organization: Private, Company C, 29th Massachusetts Infantry. Place and date: At Malvern Hill, Va., 1 July 1862. Birthplace: Scituate, Mass. Date of issue: 1 April 1898. 

Citation: Although wounded and carried to the rear, he secured a rifle and voluntarily returned to the front, where, failing to find his own regiment, he joined another and fought with it until again severely wounded and taken prisoner.

Photo & Story Credits: J. Rose
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Town Hall
175 Central St
508-378-1601

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.
Congratulations!
Jeanie Runey
won a $25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

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

Enter for this week's prize of
a free 1.5 hour class at
Early College Planning Webinar
Tues, Jan 30
5:30p

This webinar is for parents with children in middle and high school, and will provide information and resources for putting a college savings plan in place, how savings impact financial aid, as well as what tools students and parents should consider when beginning the college search.
To register, sign up on EB Public Library's zoom page.
Source credit: EBPL Calendar of Events.
Longtime Library Assistant Retires

Chris Schaad Beall worked at the East Bridgewater Public Library for 13 years, and has helped countless adults and children patrons find books. Her last day was Friday, January 5th, and she plans to spend her retirement with her dogs, her family, and her crafts!

9th Annual East Bridgewater Music Parents Mattress Fundraiser
Sat, Jan 27, 10a-4p
East Bridgewater JR./SR. High School

The EB Music Parents invite you to get a better night's sleep and support an amazing cause! Come view a showroom of over 25 models that are available to the school district and local community for up to 50% savings! There will also be adjustable bases, luxury sheets & pillows, weighted blankets, and more! All the proceeds will go to choral students.

Plus, get free sheets with any bed purchase or an additional $50 off any set over $299 if you show the FB event post linked below.

Food Drive

Jan 22 - 27
Drop off at Town Hall
175 Central St

The East Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee has organized a food drive, accepting unexpired and non-perishable food. They are especially in need of cereal, pasta, pancake mix, baking mix, juice, toothpaste, and much more. Donations will be donated to the EB Food Pantry at Union Congregational Church.

For more information, visit ebdems.com, or send an email to eastbridgewaterdems@gmail.com
Public Input Survey on Accessibility

The Town of East Bridgewater is in the process of developing a Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan to ensure residents and visitors have access to all Town buildings, programs, and services. An important part of this process is providing opportunities for the public to offer input and voice concerns regarding accessibility of facilities, programs, and services.

This survey will assist the planning team in identifying any barriers to access for individuals with disabilities at Town facilities or within the programs and services it currently offers.

The survey is available at umassboston.co
Memory Lane Cafe

Mon, Jan 29, 1p
East Bridgewater COA
355 Plymouth St

Memory Lane Cafe provides a place for those experiencing memory loss, along with their care partners and families, to relax and socialize, along with enjoying refreshments discussion, and entertainment.

RSVP's appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome
To RSVP or for any questions, call 508-378-1610
Climate Can Do: Climate Resolutions 

The new year is a time for fresh starts and new goals. Head into 2024 with climate resolutions.

Help your personal & our collective environment by disposing of unwanted items properly. To avoid sending to the landfill; schedule a home textile pickup with CMRK. This company collects clothing, shoes, and household items. For more information, visit www.cmrkne.com.

If you have unwanted, but still useable items, donate them to organizations or those in need. For example:
  • My Brother’s Keeper: This organization accepts furniture donations and gives the items to underprivileged families. 
  • AMVETS: Schedule a pickup with AMVETS and help provide resources to veterans. 
  • Books: Donate to your local library 
  • Sports equipment: The Bench, located at 47 Broad St, Bridgewater, MA, is a sporting goods store that sells used sports equipment. 

Mass.gov also offers resources for disposal and donations that you can use. Here are some options to get you started:
  • Beyond the Bin: This is a research tool that helps you find nearby drop off locations based on the type of material you’d like to recycle. This includes everything from electronics to clothing to toys! 
  • Cradles to Crayons: If you have goods suitable for children from ages newborn through 12, find a Cradles to Crayons drop-off location near you, and they will make care packages with the donations for local children in need. 

There are many ways to make a positive impact on both your community and the environment. Use these ideas to spark some of your own, and let’s make a resolution to bring sustainability into the new year!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Alexa Pennington, Southern New Hampshire University, BuzzAround Intern. BuzzAround focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do it!
Salon Esprit
Salon Esprit is now on TikTok, and we're bringing all the fun, creativity, and excitement of our salon to this amazing platform!

225 Bedford St/Route 18 -
Carriage Crossing
East Bridgewater, MA



508.378.1530
Union Congregational Church
Weekly Services - 10AM Sunday
including uplifting music: choir, bells, and instrumentals and a meaningful message.

Rev. Gordon Crouch, Pastor

...and you're welcome to stay for coffee hour and say "hello"

An Open & Affirming Congregation

Union Congregational Church
105 Pleasant St East Bridgewater, MA
Be; Social Karaoke Night

Sat, Feb 3, 5p
Elmwood New Church
24 West St

Elmwood New Church is hosting a gathering for adults with differing abilities. The main event kicks off with karaoke, where you can choose your song and sing it loud. There will be a DJ, dancing, and refreshments.
Purchase tickets ahead of time for $5 or at the door for $10.

To purchase tickets, Venmo Lisa @lisasflo
Write the total amount of tickets you would like & make a note: "be; social"
For more info call Nicole at 508-274-3625.

Source: Be;Social FB
EB Youth Lacrosse

Registration is now open on the EB Lax website!
Season is Friday, March 1, 2024 - Sunday, June 30, 2024 For Girls & Boys Pre K to Grade 8.

Regular Registration Cost: $75.00 - $150.00
Source Credit: EBYL
Chocolate Tasting & Talk 101

Tues, Feb 6,
6:30p
East Bridgewater Public Library
32 Union St

During this one of a kind event, you'll learn about the ingredients, processing, and where cocoa pods are grown. Also, is chocolate actually good for you? Then, try samples of craft, small batch chocolate!
This program is for adults (18+)

For more information and to register, visit the East Bridgewater Library Event FB

Ousamequin Club Scholarships

The Ousamequin Club is pleased to offer three $1,000.00 scholarships to graduating seniors who reside in any of the three Bridgewaters, regardless of the school they attend. Our criteria is volunteerism, community involvement and academic achievement. Future education can be at a two or four year college or a training/technical school. Applications are due by March 31st.

For an application please seek one out at your high school guidance office or call Sharon Graves at 508-378-4261.
EBPL Teen Advisory Board
1st Monday of Each Month, October-June
6-7p
East Bridgewater Public Library
Community Room
32 Union St

Join the Teen Advisory Board for a fun opportunity to earn community service hours. Help EBPL choose new books for the library selection and plan programs for you and your friends, with food provided. The next teen advisory board meeting is scheduled for February 5th. To join, please register on event keeper here! You can also contact Angie Howes (508) 378-1616 ext.1307 or ahowes@sailsinc.org to register or for more information. www.eastbridgewaterlibrary.org
Music Scholarship Applications Now Open!

Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra is now accepting applications from now until February 1 for their high school junior music scholarship! Juniors living in or attending school in Plymouth County are eligible for the $2,500 award.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra website.

Anne Kenneally Hynes Memorial Scholarship Cash Calendar Contest

Anne Kenneally Hynes Memorial Scholarship's February Cash Calendar is now available for purchase! Enter for 29 chances to win -- you'll be supporting a great cause! Cost is $10 per calendar.

For more information on the contest directions, visit the Anne Kenneally Hynes Memorial Scholarship FB page. You can also message them to inquire about purchasing a calendar: info@annehynesscholarship.org.
School on Wheels of Massachusetts Celebrates 20th Anniversary in 2024
Image: SOWMA website. Illustration by Lydia Roy, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) was founded in 2004 by teacher and child advocate Cheryl Opper. She had read an article about Agnes Stevens, founder of School on Wheels of California, and the non-profit Stevens began after noticing the many children living on Skid Row who were not attending school.

In 2004, Cheryl started SOWMA out of her home, where she invited volunteers to her table and filled her house with backpacks and school supplies.

Since the start of the 2023/2024 school year, SOWMA has donated more than 10,000 backpacks to children and at-risk youth living in 38 Massachusetts communities.Their Bridge mentoring program also helps high school and college-age students with financial support and post-secondary plans, including college, vocational training and jobs.

SOWMA is a non profit organization funded through the generosity of individuals, communities, business, corporations and foundations. For ways to volunteer or help, reach out at sowma.org.

Article by Erin Payne, BuzzAround Intern, SNHU
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a free 1.5 hour class at. Bliss Through Yoga!

Historical Tidbit Question:
Where was Private William H. Osborne born?

Email us your answer at: Prizes@buzzaround.info
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 January 24, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Bailey Henschen, Erin Payne, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
"Halfway between Boston and Cape Cod."

I showed my Florida granddaughters, pointing to us on the map while we plan our adventures for their week -long stay.

I particularly enjoy living where we do:

Half an hour and we can be eating at a Brazilian Restaurant.
Half an hour and we can be walking on fielded acres of a nature preserve, feeling the sun on our face and watching the birds lift off.
Half an hour and we can be experiencing incredible art at Brockton Public Library, or Fuller Craft or Enzo Flats. 
Half an hour to a musical at Bridgewater State University or Massasoit Community College.
Half an hour and we can visit a farm, saying “Hi “ to the animals.  
An hour and we can be walking on a beach, spotting seals or snowy owls.
An hour to climb Blue Hills for a treetop view.  
An hour on the Commuter Rail to Downtown Boston.
Two hours and we have hit mountains.
We can go snow tubing or skiing. 
Bingo! They chose; having never seen snow. Two hours and we were at Gunstock Mountain, trying on skis and throwing snowballs at each other.
Yes, I particularly enjoy living where we do.
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