Congratulations to Four New Authors!

Last Monday, four Soulful Girls celebrated the completion of their very own children’s books! Filled with pride in themselves and their hard work, the girls read their books aloud at a session led by role model and intern for The Soul Project, Meghan Lotti. These wonderful books will soon be published to Amazon where proceeds will support a children’s literacy fund.

The Soul Project helps women and girls gain the skills to feel empowered, confident, and capable of anything they set their mind to. The organization partnered with Lemon House Publishing for their Young Soulful Author’s Program. This program takes young writers through the steps of writing a book, which includes brainstorming, writing, editing, formatting, illustrating, and publishing, to help them gain confidence and embrace their creativity.
These girls serve as an inspiration for anyone looking to accomplish their dreams, as they’ve shown what is possible through dedication and believing in yourself, no matter your age. Congratulations to these young soulful authors on their amazing accomplishment!

To learn more about The Soul Project and to get involved in their workshops, visit their website. For more information on author programs, visit Lemon House Publishing's website.

Photo and Story Credits: The Soul Project FB and website, Lemon House Publishing website
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
church damage
Historical Tidbit: Hurricane of 1938 

The early fall in New England is well-known as possible hurricane weather, but few were prepared for the terrible storm that hit this area on September 21, 1938. It was reported:  "A terrifying hurricane swept the area for two hours Wednesday afternoon doing considerable damage. The winds, which at times reached a velocity estimated at close to 100 miles an hour, created an emergency which was quickly and efficiently handled. It is estimated that over 100 giant elms and other trees that line the streets of town were uprooted as well as many trees on private property. Considerable property damage was done. It was not possible to obtain an accurate estimate last evening." 
Many homes all over the region were damaged. Power lines and telephone poles were down and roofs swept away from homes by the howling winds, leaving vacant gaps on houses and barns throughout the community. The steeple of the First Parish Unitarian Church in East Bridgewater was uplifted and plunged point down through the roof of the church. 

~ Information from the East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Booklet
Ad Blitz For the Holidays - $149
Target your audience
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
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.
Nancy Buffington
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
EB HUGS Community Christmas Program

If you or someone you know is an EB family in need of holiday assistance, East Bridgewater HUGS Community Christmas 2023 applications are open at

If you have any questions, or wish to volunteer or get involved, please email or call Theresa at 508-350-9811.

If you wish to make a donation, we accept cash, checks, Paypal on the EBHUGS website or Venmo @East Bridgewater Hugs.

Tags can be picked up and donations dropped off at any of the giving trees: East Bridgewater Public Library, EBCTV office at the East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School, Center at Sachem Rock, East Bridgewater Town Hall, Happy Frog Copy Center, Paula Coffey Dance, Johnnie Macaroni's both Plymouth St and West St locations, Dewhurst Lumber, Paul Wolfe Motors, Busy Bee Preschool both East Bridgewater and Whitman locations, St John's Parish, Bridgewater Vineyard Church, Union Congregational Church.

In addition, donations can be mailed to HUGS, 100 Lorraine Drive, East Bridgewater. There will also be a giving tree at Christmas on the Common.
Christmas on the Common Events:

Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale
Fri, Nov 24 to Wed, Dec 20
EB Town Hall Parking Lot
Shop great deals for a great cause! Proceeds will go to local charities.

Lighting of the Common
Thurs, Nov 30 at 6:30p
EB Town Common
Kick off Festivities at Kiwanis' 39th
Lighting of the Common. Tree Decorating Contest, holiday music with EBHS TRI-M Society & Rob Peters.

Christmas On The Common and Craft Fair
Sat, Dec 2 at 9a to 3p
East Bridgewater JR/SR High School
Stop by for an amazing selection of crafts and holiday items that will make great gifts for friends and family! There will be food, raffles, and more!

Christmas Parade
Sat, Dec 2 at 10a
Spring St to High School, Plymouth St entrance
Getting into the holiday spirit!

Source Credit: Kiwanis Club website and FB
EB Community Gardens SeedMoney Fundraiser Challenger

Donations accepted through Nov. 15 - Dec. 15
East Bridgewater Community Gardens (EBCG) is
participating in a SeedMoney 30-Day Fundraising
Challenge. EBCG needs your support to win a challenge grant of up to $1000 from SeedMoney based on how much funding we can raise between Nov.15 and Dec.15.
The EBCG mission is to reduce local food insecurity by providing fresh home-grown produce to local food pantries and our public sharing table. EBCG is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Your donations will support:
  • Increasing food pantry growing space by creating a trellis system
  • Ongoing garden maintenance
  • Replacement of aging garden equipment link.
For questions, contact
Veteran's Clothing Drive

EB Town Hall
175 Central St. EB

The East Bridgewater Veterans' Service Officer is organizing a clothing drive throughout November.

Please consider contributing long sleeve shirts, jackets and coats, sweatshirts, socks, hats, and gloves by dropping them off at the Veterans' Service Office located in East Bridgewater Town Hall.

All collected clothing will be donated to the Brockton VA to benefit local veterans. Your support is greatly appreciated in providing warmth and comfort to those who have served.

For questions, please contact Veterans' Services at (508) 378-1603.
Brockton Holiday Parade & Celebration November 25 10am - 3pm
Grant Opportunities for East Bridgewater Farmers
Apply by November 21

The American Farmland Trust is offering grant opportunities to farmers in certain MA counties, including Plymouth County. The New England Farmland Access, Succession, and Transfer Support Grants (FAST) provide direct financial assistance to farmers for projects that facilitate farmland access, succession, or transfer. Some examples of eligible projects are:
  • Farmland purchase or leasing transaction costs
  • Consultant and attorney fees
  • Surveys
  • Appraisals
  • Agriculture conservation easement fees
You can check your eligibility on the NEFMP FAST Guidelines. Awards will be announced in January 2024.

For more information, visit the American Farmland Trust website.
Source Credit: EB Massachusetts website.
Proposed Heavy Commercial Vehicle Exclusion
Mon, Nov 27
EB Town Hall

Is it better for East Bridgewater if the truck traffic continues to use East Street and Hayward Street or should truck traffic should be diverted to Route 106 (Whitman Street and Plymouth Street)?

For more information, view a presentation of the proposal.

The Town of East Bridgewater is reviewing a proposal to exclude heavy commercial vehicles from East Street and Hayward Street in East Bridgewater along with High Street in Bridgewater. The East Bridgewater Selectboard would like to hear from you about the proposal and what route truck traffic will take if the exclusion is approved.

If you have any comments or questions, you're welcome to participate in the public forum of meeting. You can also contact the Selectboard’s Office at (508) 378-1601 or email Town Administrator Charlie Seelig at

Source Credit: EB Massachusetts website
Soar High, Bounce Far Parent Support Group

Last Wednesday, parents of East Bridgewater met at the Town Hall for a community support group. Soar High, Bounce Far (SHBF) offers parents the chance to connect and work together to raise, kind, empathetic, and resilient youth.

The group is an open forum where attendees discuss challenges facing their children. Parents also help one another by sharing ideas and offering resources. SHBF is a great example of how important it is for community members to support each other, as our challenges may not seem as big when we face them together.

To get a better idea what parents are looking for, SHBF would like your feedback. Interested parents, please fill out the Parent Support Group Survey. For more information, visit the Soar High, Bounce Far FB group.

Source Credit: SHBF FB group
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Select Board Meeting
November 13, 2023
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
Empowered Empaths Workshop
Thurs, Nov 30
The Soul Project Studio
484 Bedford St

Lisa Shana O.Neill will be teaching an inspiring lesson on how to empower yourself and step into your strength! You can purchase your ticket on The Soul Project website.
Salon Esprit
Holiday Shopping Made Easy
Beautiful Gift Cards at Beautiful Black Friday Savings!

Friday 11/24 & Saturday 11/25 Only:
$120 Gift Card for $100
$240 Gift Card for $200
and 10% off Holiday Gift Sets

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

The Shop at Fuller Craft Museum
November 18, 2023 - January 7, 2024
Your destination for all gift-giving needs
Local & Regional Artists have created brand-new, one-of-a-kind, unique pieces just for you!

Find sales on our Programs & Events page social media
The East Bridgewater Band and Color Guard is marching in Brockton's most festive celebration of the year!

Sat, Nov 25
10a - 3p
Downtown Brockton & City Hall Plaza

This year's theme is “Holidays Around The World”. Come see their performance and enjoy fun surprises for the entire family! Some activities include:
  • FREE Photos with Santa! * Train Rides! (last train ride is at 12:15p)
  • Face painting! * Craft Activities!
  • Vendor Market Place w/ Black Owned Brockton!
  • Food Trucks & Local Eats! * Free games & Activities! * Parade…. and much more! 

Parade kicks off at 1:00 PM, Activities begin at 10:00 AM . For questions, contact DBA Brockton at 774-539-8266.
Community Take-Home Craft Bag

Registration is open for the East Bridgewater Public Library's December Community Craft! There will step-by-step directions on how to make macrame gnomes. Pick up starts on December 11, so be sure to register now on the EBPL online calendar!

Source Credit: EBPL FB
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. Let’s take a moment to consider 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. Need ideas?
  • Bake a dessert!
  • Crochet something! There are so many easy to follow tutorials that are beginner friendly. Like 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!
Kiwanis Field of Flags 2023
November 7, 2023
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
Congratulations Eagle Matthew Milne!

On November 1st, East Bridgewater Boy Scouts Troop 32 proudly announced the swearing-in of Matthew Milne as an Eagle Scout. Matthew's journey with the Boy Scouts began in the first grade with Pack 28 Cub Scouts. Throughout his years in the scouting program, Matthew has demonstrated exceptional leadership and mentorship, contributing significantly to the growth and development of many fellow scouts within the community.
Congratulations to Matthew on achieving the esteemed rank of Eagle Scout!

Story by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern

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 was the exact date of the hurricane of 1938?

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.

“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: Queenie Chen, Siara Morel Ortiz, Alexa Pennington, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
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