A Legacy of Service: Paul Hallinan Commemorative Crosswalk Ceremony
On the morning of Friday, December 8th, an important event unfolded at Gordon W Mitchell Middle School—a Crosswalk was officially dedicated to Paul Hallinan. This commemoration serves as a testament to his commitment to serving both the community and schools, particularly in ensuring the safety of our children.

Carole Julius, Chair of the Select Board, conveyed the sentiment stating, "The select board wishes to express our profound appreciation and gratitude for the devoted service rendered to our community by Paul Hallinan, who dutifully served as a school crossing guard for 15 years."

In a touching gesture, the fire chief revealed a specially crafted plaque at the designated crosswalk, a poignant tribute to Paul Hallinan and his invaluable contributions to our community.
Cross Walk Dedication Ceremonies for Paul Hallinan sign
Cross Walk Dedication Ceremonies for Paul Hallinan - Special

Coverage of the Cross Walk Dedication Ceremonies for Paul Hallinan at the Gordon W. Mitchell School on December 8, 2023.

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Ed. note: I want to personally thank Paul for making sure my children, and all our children, got where they were going safely. He always greeted us, knew every child's name and watched after them. For us walkers, he was a guardian angel. Thanks, Paul. ~ Jacquie
Story by Kendall Fletcher, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Historical Tidbit:
December Holidays
December is a month-long holiday:
So many traditions enjoy special food, music & family; bringing our own light to these darkened days. Here are a few, thanks to National Geographic Kids

Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah. For eight nights, Hanukkah is celebrated with prayer, the lighting of the menorah, and food. A Hanukkah menorah has nine candles, a candle for every night, plus a helper candle. Children play games, sing songs, and exchange gifts. Potato pancakes, known as latkes in Yiddish, are traditionally associated with Hanukkah and are served with applesauce and sour cream. The dates of Hanukkah change because this holiday follows the lunar cycle.

The Winter Solstice occurs on either December 20, 21, 22, or 23 in the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest day of the year. People all over the world participate with festivals and celebrations. Lighting bonfires is popular at the solstice.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas in the United States brings together many customs from other countries and cultures. Around the world, family members help to decorate the tree and home with bright lights, wreaths, candles, holly, mistletoe, and ornaments. On Christmas Eve, many people go to church. Also on Christmas Eve, Santa comes from the North Pole in a sleigh to deliver gifts. In Hawaii, it is said he arrives by boat; in Australia, the jolly man arrives on water skis; and in Ghana, he comes out of the jungle.

Kwanzaa is celebrated December 26 through January 1. It commemorates African heritage, during which participants gather with family and friends to exchange gifts and to light a series of black, red, and green candles. These candles symbolize the seven basic values of African American family life: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

New Year's Day is January 1, the first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. Fireworks are often set off at midnight to celebrate the new year.

Do you celebrate a holiday we've missed? Let us know. Here's hoping you have a wonderful month, sparkling with light and warmth. ~ Jacquie
Town Hall
175 Central St

E. Bridgewater Public Library
32 Union St 508-378-1616

Council on Aging 
355 Plymouth St 508-378-1610
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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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Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this a wonderful Christmas for so many families in need.
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EB Winter Music Concerts!

Check out the musical magic at East Bridgewater as they present seven upcoming winter events!

GWMS Grades 3 & 4 Winter Concert
GWMS Auditorium, 6:00p, 12/20

GWMS Grades 5 & 6 Winter Concert
GWMS Auditorium, 7:30p, 12/20

Don't miss out on these harmonious festivities!

More information about these events can be found here: EB Music Concerts.
EB Master Plan Survey

Your help is needed! EB and the Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) are putting together a Master Plan—a guide that shapes local rules and charts out projects for the town's future, spanning the next decade or more. Crafting or updating this plan is an opportunity for the town and its residents to have a conversation. It's a chance to discuss what EB does well, where it needs improvement, and how it's evolving. Residents, like you, can use this moment to voice what they desire, what they require, and their hopes for the community. Let's work together to create a vision for East Bridgewater's future!

To learn more and participate in the survey, please visit the Master Plan Survey page.
EB Board of Health Meeting 
December 11, 2023
Video courtesy of EBCAM
EB Select Board Meeting 
December 11, 2023
Video courtesy of EBCAM

On Monday, December 11, WEB Girls Ice Hockey had their match against Stoughton. The girls won the game 6-0. Congratulations to the team!

Jr HS Winter Concert

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Two Tones with George Lopes - Christmas Special 2023

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Climate Can Do: Recycling Trees & Electronics

While there is much to celebrate this time of year, it's important to remember that these times also generate more waste than usual. As we approach the holiday season, let’s take a moment to consider all the ways we can be more environmentally friendly.

Recycling Christmas Trees
If you are buying a real Christmas tree this year, please remove the tree of all decorations like tinsels, ornaments, metal rings and do not cover the tree in plastic bags when throwing them out. Some towns recycle natural Christmas trees into mulch that can be used for municipal landscaping projects. Please take a moment to clear your trees before tossing them out!
In East Bridgewater, Residents can bring trees to the Recycle Center or have your trees picked up by BSA Troop 29. (Details from the Scouts in the coming weeks) The Recycle Center, at 877 Bridge St, is open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.. Residents need a green recycle center sticker to enter – they can be picked up at the DPW office at 49 Dean Place or call at 508-378-1620 to have one mailed out to you. The Recycle Center is available to all residents enrolled in our trash and recycling program. It is also available to residents who are not in the program for a fee of $150.00 per year.

Recycling Electronics
Did you received a new phone or tablet during the holidays? Consider recycling your old electronics instead of throwing it out. Any Staples store accept old electronics everyday. Check out the Staples website for the list of electronics they accept. Below are some Staples locations in the area:
  • 600 S ST W, Raynham
  • 500 Westgate Dr, Brockton

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern. BuzzAround focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do it!
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 All Are Welcome to Join Us for Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 24, 5 PM 

An Open & Affirming Congregation

Since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, we will have a service at 10 AM and then have our  Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at 5 PM.

Union Congregational Church
105 Pleasant St
East Bridgewater, MA
Troop 29's Christmas Tree Pickup Tradition
Dec 30, Jan 7, Jan 13

Scouts BSA Troop 29's annual Christmas tree pickup! For a $10 service fee, the troop will collect and recycle Christmas trees from the curbside on December 30, January 7, and January 13.

Residents can schedule pickups at troop29trees.com.The initiative's proceeds support the scouts' adventures and ensure inclusivity for youth aged 11-18 in scouting. For more information, please contact Mark Vecchione at markvbsa29@gmail.com or 781-983-4690.

Source: Mark Vecchione
Willy Wonka's Drop-In Chocolate Chase!
From December 26 to December 30
East Bridgewater Library

Join in on this fun adventure! This event invites all ages to partake in discovering golden tickets hidden throughout the library's nooks and crannies. Once you've uncovered them all, you'll assemble a puzzle to win a delectable sweet treat! No need for registration—simply drop by the library any time during business hours throughout the week. Join us for a week filled with joy, mystery, and, of course, the sweet taste of victory!
 EBCC NYE Party!
Sun, December 31
East Bridgewater Commercial Club
1 Nielsen Ave

Ring in the New Year with a celebration at the East Bridgewater Commercial Club's (EBCC) NYE Party! Featuring the band "Schitz & Giggles," this event promises to be a fun night. Tickets are now available at the downstairs members bar, join for a good time, complete with hot and cold appetizers and a champagne toast at midnight—all for just $30 per ticket. Don't miss out on this chance to welcome in 2024, secure your tickets now!
Source: EBCC FB Post
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The Shop at Fuller Craft Museum
Expanded Shop Open til January 7, 2024
Your destination for all gift-giving needs this holiday season!
Find unique and one-of-a-kind pieces from Artists both local and international.

Members Receive a 10% Shop Discount

Christmas on the Common & Christmas Parade!
The 39th annual Christmas on the Common event, hosted by the Kiwanis Club, brought festive cheer to East Bridgewater from Thursday, November 30th, through Saturday, December 2nd. This multi-day event featured many activities, including the lighting of the common, Christmas parade, and a bustling holiday craft fair.

As the community gathered to celebrate, the event was captured on video, which is now available for viewing on East Bridgewater Community Access. The Christmas parade showcased a wonderful display of floats, marching bands, and happy participants spreading cheer along the route.
The centerpiece of the event, the lighting of the common, created a magical atmosphere for all in attendance. Families and friends came together to witness the lighting, marking the official start of the holiday season in East Bridgewater!

Adding to the festivities, the holiday craft fair provided an opportunity for attendees to explore unique and handcrafted treasures.

A big thank you to The Kiwanis Club and the Christmas Parade Committee and everyone else who made these events possible!
Video Courtesy of EBCAM Youtube Channel
Photo Credits: J. Rose
Story by Jamie Puhi, BuzzAround Intern, SNHU

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“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
~ Bob Marley

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
~ Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

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“How many slams in an old screen door?
Depends how loud you shut it.
How many slices in a bread?
Depends how thin you cut it.
How much good inside a day?
Depends how good you live 'em.
How much love inside a friend?
Depends how much you give 'em.”
~ Shel Silverstein

“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.”
~ Charles Lamb
Ahhh I love that, nonsense respected. True friendship. Cherish it! ~ Jacquie
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