BMS Students Collect Candy for Troops

In support of deployed soldiers, Bridgewater Middle School students came together and donated 360 pounds of candy to Treats for Troops! Treats for Troops is a charitable program by Soldiers’ Angels that collects excess Halloween candy once the Trick-or-Treating season is over and sends it to military troops. This includes VA hospitals and bases, as well as guard and reserve units.

Bridgewater National Honor Society members organized this weeklong event and collected students' donations. The candy was then given to the Veterans Division at Bridgewater State University, who will ship everything to Soldiers Angels. We'd like to thank BMS students for their generosity and work to uplift those serving in the military. They've done great work for a great cause!
You can also make a difference! To learn more about how you can support troops and veterans or volunteer, visit the Soldiers' Angels website.

Photo and Source Credits: Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District FB, Soldiers' Angels website
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Historical Tidbit: Blacksmiths
Prior to 1900, Bridgewater had thousands of horses that pulled farm implements and wagons of all types.

Every neighborhood had a blacksmith shop ranging from a small forge in a barn to more elaborate shops like this one on Broad Street across from where Friendly's used to be. This one had a ramp to the second floor for wagon repairs.

Blacksmiths were also your neighborhood repair men for all sorts of equipment. They could repair harnesses, wagon wheels, a broken shovel, a plow or put a new handle on a frying pan. If you broke it, the neighborhood "smithy" could fix it.
~ Respectfully submitted,
David Moore
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Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
 
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
508-697-3331
 
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
508-697-0929
 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
 508-697-6016
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
@ St Thomas Aquinas Church
103 Center St
2 x month 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
Congratulations!
Eleanor Flaherty
won
a free 60 min yoga class of your choosing at Westbridge Counseling & Wellness, West Bridgewater

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

Enter for this week's prize of
a 16 oz Village Candle of your choice
~ many scents to choose from
(Value $18.99)
Duval's Pharmacy, Whitman Center
Volunteer Days at North Fork Preserve
Tuesdays Nov 21, 28
10a-1p
Wyman Meadows Conservation Area
1715 Plymouth St

Join us every Tuesday from now until December for Wildlands' volunteer drop-in days! Help us reestablish a historic trail system at Wyman Meadow Conservation Area and North Fork Preserve. All experience levels are welcome, and no registration is required. Tasks include raking, lopping, hand sawing, and more. Feel free to come and go as you please.

Parking is available at the Wyman Meadow Conservation Area, 1715 Plymouth St. An unmarked road off the south side of Plymouth Street will take you to the parking area. Be sure to bring snacks, water bottles, and if you have them, work gloves (though they will be provided). This activity is for ages 12 and up. Lace up your sneakers and join us for a rewarding day of conservation work!

If you have any questions please contact Stewardship Coordinator Zoë Smiarowski via email:zsmiarowski@wildlandstrust.org.

Giving Tree for Foster Teens
Nov 20 through December 15
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South St

The Bridgewater Public Library is collaborating with South Shore Foster to collect unwrapped gifts for foster teens. This is a great opportunity to give back during the holiday season! You can stop by the library to take a tag or two from the giving trees located there. Let's work together to make a difference!

Source Credit: BWPL FB
Bridgewater Youth Basketball Biddy Program

Registration for BYB Biddy is now open! All levels are welcome to register, as the goal of the program is to develop every player's skills. Don't miss out on the chance to have fun and learn this winter!

It's best to sign up as soon as possible, so BYB can plan and order the necessary jerseys and equipment. Registration is open through the Sunday following Thanksgiving, Nov 26.
For more information and to register, visit Bridgewater Youth Basketball.

Source Credit: BYB FB
Tree Committee
November 14, 2023
Video Courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Planning Board Meeting
November 15, 2023
Video Courtesy of The Town of Bridgewater
Taunton River Watershed Alliance 2024 Tide Calendar Winners!!

Congratulations to all the winners of the Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) 2024 Calendar Contest!! A big congratulations to Bridgewater's very own Mike McLaughlin; and from Halifax: Laura FitzGerald-Kemmett and Bart Devine!

Calendars are available for purchase at TRWA's Watershed Center located at Sweets Knoll State Park in Dighton. Each calendar is $20. Half of the purchase price supports TRWA and it's mission to, "protect and restore the Taunton River watershed, its tributaries, wetlands, floodplains, river corridors and wildlife." The watershed involves 42 communities including Bridgewater. Please make sure to call ahead at 508-828-1101 for times on when the center will be open. To purchase a calendar online visit Calendar Link Website. For more info: TRWA Website, TRWA FB post
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November

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Eat in our take out.

Bridgewater Ice Arena Food Collection
20 Bedford Park 

The Jr. Bandits are giving back to the community! Join in the effort and make a difference this Thanksgiving by bringing a non-perishable food item to the rink. There will be a bin where you can drop off your items. The Jr. Bandits will take all the donations to a local food pantry to help community members in need. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Source Credit: BW Ice Arena FB
Winter Wonderful

Last year's Winter Wonderful was a beautiful event, and we'd like to do it again this year! A Flip The Switch Ceremony is being held on November 26, but we need your help! This event is supported by citizens and business donors, so your donation helps make Winter Wonderful as a special as it is.

Please consider donating on the event's GoFundMe page. Two lucky donors will get to flip the switch on the lights decorating the Common.
2023 Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus
Sun, Dec 3
2:30p to 3:45p
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish 
103 Center St, Bridgewater

The Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus is hosting concert to benefit St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. A choir of 90 vocalists and accompanying musicians will sing beautiful Christmas hymns for you to enjoy.

Adult tickets are $20. Children's tickets (ages 2-17) are $10. You can purchase your tickets on the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish website.
Source Credit: St. Thomas Aquinas Parish website
Climate Can Do: How to be Sustainable During the Holidays

Our beloved holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years - are fast approaching. There is so much to celebrate but there is also so much more trash generated during these times than usual. With the holiday season soon upon us, let’s take a moment to consider all the ways we can be more environmentally friendly.

Gift Giving: When you plan what to gift for your loved ones, consider a handmade gift instead of buying new items. These thoughtful gifts will be sure to make your loved ones happy. Check out some ideas for handmade gifts below:
  • Bake a dessert! Check out Martha Stewart's website for 15 quick and festive recipes of all sorts of baked goods.
  • Crochet something! There are so many easy to follow tutorials on YouTube that are beginner friendly. Check out this Youtube video!

Gift Wrapping: Please be mindful when wrapping your gifts. Wrapping paper with any metallics, foil, glitter, texture are not recyclable. Instead of using store brought wrapping papers, you can use any brown paper bag, newspapers, or even magazines to wrap your gift together beautifully. Check out Treehugger's website for some eco-friendly wrapping alternatives with examples.

Holiday Decor: Decorative lights are such a big part of home decor during the holidays. This year, try using LED lights instead of traditional incandescent lights. LEDs can use up to 90% less energy than traditional lights and there are many options on the market, making them very affordable.

Let's all do our part to have a fun and eco-friendly holiday season this year!

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!
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Join our 4-week Ladies Only Strength Class on Wednesdays at 8:40, starting on December 6th.
Classes are just $25 and run through December 27th.
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November 18, 2023 - January 7, 2024
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Local & Regional Artists have created brand-new, one-of-a-kind, unique pieces just for you!

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Holiday Open Mic
Fri, Dec 8
6p-7:30p

Calling all performers! Central Square Congregational Church and The Music Loft are sponsoring a Holiday Open Mic on Friday, December 8. All are welcome to participate and perform their favorite holiday song! Along with great music from our talented locals, there will be a singalong, cookies, hot cocoa, and the Grinch! The event will also be livestreamed on BTV!

For more information or to sign up, contact the church office at (508) 697-6016 or The Music Loft at musicloftbridgewater@gmail.com, (508-279-4903). Please provide your song selection and the instrument you'll be playing. Signups will close on December 3.

More details are also available on the CCCUCC FB page and The Music Loft FB page.
Bridgewater Council on Aging One Wreath Event
Wed, Dec 6
1p
10 Wally Krueger Way
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center

Local individuals and organizations have made beautiful holiday wreaths that will be on display at the One Wreath Festival! You'll be able to vote for your favorite wreaths to receive awards such as People's Choice, Most Charming, Most Festive, Most Creative, and Best in Show. This will be a fun event centered around giving, as every wreath will be raffled to a Bridgewater Senior!

For more information, contact Emily Williams at ewilliams@bridgewaterma.org or (508) 697-0929.

Congratulations Chief Michael P. MacDermott: 35 years with the Bridgewater Fire Department!
Congratulations to Chief Michael P. MacDermott on his well-deserved retirement! After thirty-five years of dedicated service, the chief has recently retired from the Bridgewater Fire Department. The community is truly grateful for Chief MacDermott's unwavering commitment and contributions. We extend our heartfelt wishes for a retirement filled with health, happiness, and fulfillment. Thank you for your exemplary service!

Story Source and Photo Credit: Bridgewater Fire Department FB Post
Story written by Siara Morel Ortiz, Umass Boston BuzzAround Intern
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a 16 oz Village Candle of your choice
~ many scents to choose from (value $18.99)
Duval's Pharmacy, Whitman Center

Historical Tidbit Question:
What are some examples of equipment that local blacksmiths fixed?

Email us your answer at: 
Please include your name and phone number with your answer.
Prize Box Rules: By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On November 22, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Gratitude.

“When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.” ~ Vietnamese Proverb

“The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

"Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.”
~ Amy Collette

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
~ Thornton Wilder
Grateful for the health we have. Grateful for the friends and family who make us giggle.
Grateful for today.
That's it. That's all there is. Gratitude, singularly, will change your life. Enjoy ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Siara Morel Ortiz, Alexa Pennington, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
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