PB&J's for the Homeless Shelter

Second graders at the East Bridgewater Public Schools decorated brown paper bags and made PB&J sandwiches for Father Bills and MainSpring's homeless shelter on January 26.

Thank you second graders for putting a smile on people's faces!

Check out their FB page for more updates and pictures at facebook/EastBridgewaterPublicSchools
Historical Tidbit:  

The Orr Family
The Orr family was 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.

Info from EB Sesiquicentennial Program Booklet
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
Pre-packed bags for pick up only
Dianna McPhail
you won a 1 hour (value $80)
Glee Works Holistic Business Coaching

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
$20 gift certificate to
from independent consultant Katie Ray.
Plymouth County Genealogists
February Gathering
Saturday, February 5 
11a - 1p
EB Public Library, 32 Union St

At Plymouth County Genealogists February event, Amy Whorf McGuiggan will dive into a compelling genealogical journey of discovery to reclaim the lost branches of John Osborne’s ancestry.

John Joseph Osborne grew up as an orphan and an only child—at least that’s what family and friends were always told. There was never any talk of his childhood or teenage years, and there was even some uncertainty as to where he had been born. It was as though he had sprung from thin air fully formed. If anyone knew the real story, they weren’t sharing it. Amy’s work could be a master class in writing family history and in good old fashioned genealogical legwork. She will probe the question of whether learning and knowing something that was previously unknown—and that one has gone through life blissfully unaware of—actually matters.

PCGI Gatherings and Lecture Series are FREE for Members, and $5 for nonmembers. To RSVP for this event, click here! For more information on Plymouth County Genealogists click here!
EB Students - PCC Summer Camp at Stonehill College is returning for Summer 2022!
This 4-week summer camp is an opportunity for students grades 7-10 to learn outside of middle school, enhancing their leadership, social, and academic skills.
The program runs from June 26th to July 23rd! Students stay on campus Monday - Friday and take classes, live in the dorms, make friends with students from all over and have a blast! Scholarships are available from the PCC Alumni Organization.
For more information about PCC you can visit their website at pccasp.org to learn more about this wonderful program.
Support East Bridgewater Music at the Mattress Fundraiser
Feb. 6
10a - 4p
EB High School
Find mattresses, mattress pads, weighted blankets, pillows, and more at the East Bridgewater Music Parents Association (EBMPA) Mattress Fundraiser to help improve the arts for our high schoolers in the community!

For more info, please check out the EBMPA Facebook page: facebook.com/ebmpa/
Image created by Hannah McAlpine
2022 Spring Registration is now open!
Little League of EB is happy to announce that registration for the 2022 spring season is now open. See the registration tab on link below for full details and to sign up!

Clinic Hours at the COA
Nurse Heather will be holding clinic hours every Thursday from 9a - 12p. Blood pressure and blood sugar screenings are available, as well as any other general health questions that you may have. Come on in for a blood pressure check and say hello to Nurse Heather! 508-378-1610
The Ousamequin Club's Next Meeting
Monday, February 7th. 1p
Bridgewater Senior Center
The Ousamequin Club of the Bridgewaters is please to invite the public to our next meeting.

After a short business meeting, our guest speaker, Anne Kerrigan will present "Cemetery Tripping".
Ms. Kerrigan is Executive Director at the East Bridgewater Community Access Media and also co-hosts a radio show entitled "Ghost Chronicles-Next Generation". Her interest lies in the beautiful Statuary and intricate carvings in our New England graveyards. Please join us and learn the symbolism behind these carvings and what they meant and why they were used.

Members are asked to bring a can or bagged soup for our local food pantry and chewing gum for are care kit package program. Mask are required throughout the program.

Contact: Rebecca Mugherini 508-697-4791
Author Talk - Caroline Ailanthus Ecological Memory
Tuesday, February 8
Virtual Event
Join the East Bridgewater Public Library in welcoming Caroline Ailanthus, author of Ecological Memory.  Part scientific detective story, part post-apocalyptic travelogue, Ecological Memory is at heart a tale about what happens after you lose everything.

Click here to register for the event and receive the link to join the free Zoom Session! Any questions? Contact Jennifer Finn at 508-378-1616 x1302   or jfinn@sailsinc.org.
Looking for Brockton High Alumni!
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2022

The Brockton High School Alumni Association will honor 3 outstanding BHS graduates this year! 3 different awards are available for nomination submissions, and they are as follows:

Alumni Achievement: Presented to BHS alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions made in their own particular fields of professional or personal work, or for the betterment of humanity

Alumni Service: Presented to BHS alumni who have contributed to the betterment of Brockton High School and the Brockton community

Young Alumni: Presented to BHS alumni within 10 years of graduation who are making outstanding contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and career reflect favorably on Brockton High School

Nominations may be submitted by current and former students, teachers, staff and friends of Brockton High School. To complete the nomination form, click here!
Did you know, we have a great selection of birthday and event cards?
Don't forget to show love and appreciation for those around you!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Softball Updates 2022 - Volunteers Needed

Good evening softball families.
As we get ready for another year of softball we are in need of volunteers in a major way...We, as a board, are in need of younger parents to get involved in many capacities as a lot of current members children are aging out of the program. The more people that get involved the better and more efficient the program will be.
Currently, we do not have a VP of softball, who oversees the operation of the league. We are going to start having winter clinics for softball at the Venom facility in Hanover on Sundays. We NEED volunteers to make this happen...
The program depends on the strength of it's volunteers! So please reach out if you would like to help out at the clinics or help in any way you can.

Thank you,
Donny Davidson
Little League of EB

Learn About Applying and Renewing Passports at a Free Information Session
Feb. 14
East Bridgewater Public Library

If you are looking for support or a refresher on applying/renewing your passport, join Christopher Buckley, EB's Passport Acceptance Agent, who will give a presentation about all of the things you need to know about the process at the East Bridgewater Public Library.

Check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/eblibraryma and register at eventkeeper.com.
Support The Brockton Library Foundation!

  • Literacy + Empowerment = Dreams Come True
  • Diverse Artistic Creative Expression
  • ESL & Nationalization Support
  • Increased Access to Technology & STEAM Programs 
  • Local Living History Displays & Presentations
  • Meeting spaces & community building

Brockton Public Library is making all this happen & more,
close to home! 
Nomination Papers will be available starting Monday, February 7th
The following offices will appear on 2022 ballot:
One - Board of Selectmen (3yrs); One - Assessor (3yrs); Two - School Committee (3yrs); One Housing Authorty (5yrs); Two - Library Trustees (3yrs); One - Board of Health (3ys); Two - Planning Board (3yrs); Five - Constables (3yrs)

Click here for additional information on running for Public Office.
Last day to obtain Nomination Papers is Wednesday, March 23rd.
Last day to submit Nomination Papers is Friday, March 25th.
Annual Town Election-Saturday, May 14th
Town Clerk (508) 378-1606
East Bridgewater Board of
Health Meeting
January 24, 2022
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
East Bridgewater
Board Finance Committee Meeting
January 24, 2022
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
Mold Guys Restoration
Mold Guys Restoration services both residential and commercial buildings. If you ever need mold remediation services, water damage repair, air duct cleaning etc., contact Mold Guys today!

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East Bridgewater Public Schools Receives Academic Grant

On Jan. 20, Governor Charles D. Baker awarded the East Bridgewater Public Schools an FY22 Math Acceleration Academies Grant to fund educational opportunities with $130,000.
Take a look at what our schools are doing on their FB page: facebook.com/EastBridgewaterPublicSchools
Residents Can Now Receive Centralized EB Notifications

Sign up for the East Bridgewater CodeRED system where you can stay up-to-date on major weather events, power outages, and emergencies in the area all in one place.

For more info to sign up, please check out their announcement at eastbridgewaterma.gov.
Huge thanks go out to the EB Community for helping us help the homeless in Brockton with our Blanket & Sock Drive.
It was cold this week and those blankets were well appreciated by folks at the Homeless Improvement Project. And this week, when L Street Mission gives out clean dry socks, they have plenty to go around.

We collected 3 times last week. On Saturday (1/15) we had a full truck, so we brought a load over to L Street, Brockton. Sunday morning while we were in worship, we left the truck out front to collect more and when we came out, it was full!!!

Thank you, East Bridgewater, for all of your generosity!!!

Lu & Vern Post, Allen Guild, Jacquie Rose
105 Pleasant St EB

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a:
$20 gift certificate to
from independent consultant Katie Ray.

Historical Tidbit Question:
What country was Hugh Orr born in?

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 February 2, 2022 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, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Yelena Salvador & Greg Venezia
Extreme Hospitality.

“Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.”
~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

“In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don't need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn't mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it's no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.

In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don't get any damned tea.

I liked the Irish way better.”
~ C.E. Murphy, Urban Shaman
When we extend welcome, and really intend welcome, a wall slides away away between us. We become teammates, compadres, in this together.
Welcome, friend. We are so happy you are here; sit a spell, see what is going on in your neighborhood, participate in one or two things, and you are always welcome to share their good news with us.
~ Jacquie
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