Unified Bocce Tournament

On Tuesday, November 7th, a Unified Bocce Tournament was held at the WB Middle-Senior High School gym. This competition was put together by coaches, volunteers, and the Special Olympics for several bocce teams, including the West Bridgewater team. The picture on the top left shows the WB Wildcat bocce team. On the right you can see the game in play.

Bocce is a ball game that originates from Italy. The objective is to roll your ball closer to the target ball than your opponent. The side with its balls closest to the target ball wins. Bocce is one of the most popular Special Olympics sports due to its accessibility to people of all ages and abilities. Bocce provides an opportunity for all to enjoy team sports. Great job to everyone for making this tournament possible!

Story by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern
Historical Tidbit:

Early School Transportation
A School Barge or a Pung

The barge was a large wagon pulled by a team of horses or one large horse. The wagon would usually have a roof and sides with steps mounted on the back. The boys and girls would climb the steps and walk along a narrow aisle to find a seat along the sides. Perhaps the best time to ride the barge was during the fall when it was cool and the trees were bright with colors. They would often ask to stop to run out and pick some colored leaves to bring to the teacher.
The pung pronounced "pun" was a sled type wagon used in the winter, usually pulled by one horse. Usually the floor was spread with sweet smelling hay and a few robes (heavy blankets) were available for the children to use. When it was really cold, some of the children would bring heated bricks or soapstone wrapped in newspaper to be placed at their feet once they got on the pung. When everyone was on and settled, they would all sit together with the blanket pulled up around their chins and the warm bricks or soapstone at their feet. If it were too cold, some children would get off and run along side to warm up.

The barge was finally replaced by the combustion engine making transportation faster and more comfortable.
sue and her plant 2011
~Respectfully submitted, Sue Basile
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Council on Aging

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1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
1:45 - 3p & 5:30 - 6p
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Enter for this week's prize of:
a 16 oz Village Candle of your choice
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(Value $18.99)
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Wildcat Toy Drive

In partnership: the West Bridgewater Fire Department, Public Schools, and Parent Teacher Organization, are having a Toy Drive to gather toys and gift cards for local West Bridgewater families in need. (Ages of the children range from 5-17.)

If you would like to donate, please drop an unwrapped toy or gift card to the police or fire station lobby. Or if you have a school aged child, please have them bring the item to their school. There are collection bins at each location.

If you schedule a Santa visit in December through the West Bridgewater Police Department, please consider donating an item for Santa to bring back to the police department that night.

For questions, contact the School Resource Officer, Officer Pope at tpope@wbpd.com or 508-586-2525 ext 5119.
Brockton Holiday Parade & Celebration November 25 10am - 3pm
Open Space & Recreation Survey 2023

Your assistance is vital for the Town of West Bridgewater!

Collaborating with the Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC), West Bridgewater aims to develop an Open Space and Recreation Plan. We want to hear your thoughts on conservation, parks, sports fields, and more! Your input will shape the future of our community's open spaces and recreational opportunities.

Take the survey on the Open Space and Recreation Survey 2023 Website. If you have any questions please contact the town via email: openspace@wbridgewater.com or contact the OCPC via email: rdugan@ocpcrpa.com.

For more information, see the Old Colony Planning Council FB Post.
Rock Your Socks!

Fri Dec. 1
WB Public Schools

On December 1st, students, faculty, and staff at WB public schools are encouraged to wear your most colorful, mismatched, fun socks to school and donate to Inclusion Matters to support efforts to include students with disabilities in schools.

All tax deductible cash or check donations help provide training for parents of special needs students: host workshops, conferences, and events; and provide feedback to the district.

Students bring donations to their classroom teacher. Checks should be made payable to "Inclusion Matters".

Check out Inclusion Matter's website for more info or to donate.
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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Needle Felt Landscape Art

Sat Dec. 2
10:30a - 12:30p
WB Public Library
80 Howard St. WB

Interested in trying a new hobby? Learn the art of needle felting! All materials will be provided and you'll leave with a finished (or near finished) needle felted artwork!

Go on library's website to register
For questions, contact Kati kbenoit@westbpl.org
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The Shop at Fuller Craft Museum
November 18, 2023 - January 7, 2024
The destination for all your 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 and social media
St. Ann’s, First Church, and Cochesett Methodist West Bridgewater Community Christmas Sharing 2023

For the past 39 years, the community has provided Christmas gifts for the needy in our area through Community Christmas Sharing.

This year, please donate gift cards. These gift cards will be distributed to families in WB; "Project Grad Teen Moms" in Brockton, and senior citizens in WB. Gift cards should be put in an envelope marked “Christmas Sharing” and left at one of the churches or given to one of the coordinators. The following stores are preferred: Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, and Amazon. Cards will be distributed by December 1st, giving parents enough time to buy Christmas gifts.

Suggested Amounts:
For families please give any amount up to $50.
For the Project Grads Program for teen moms and babies in Brockton, Walmart or CVS gift cards in the amount of $25 are good. For Senior Citizens: Trucchi’s, Market Basket or CVS $25 gift cards are suggested. One of each will be given to each Senior Citizen on our list, along with a small goodie basket. 

Items for the goodie baskets are also needed, such as toiletries, slipper socks, boxed cookies, candy, or other items suitable for seniors. They may be dropped off at Linda Santry’s home. The address is 54 Tiffany Circle in West Bridgewater, or call Linda at 508-586-6535 for pickup (the deadline for pickup is December 5th) so they can be delivered.

For more info or any questions contact any of these church coordinators:

St. Ann’s: Linda Santry 508-586-6535 or email: linda@santry.org
First Church: Lesley Anderson, email: lesleyanderson52@icloud.com or the church 508-587-3118
Cochesett Methodist: Lynne Hopper email: hoppergl@aol.com

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Drama Masks
Matilda The Musical JR.

Fri Dec. 1 7p
Sat Dec. 2 7p
WB Middle-Senior High School Auditorium
155 W Center St. WB

Save the date for WB Middle-Senior High School's fall drama, Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical JR! Tickets will be $10 and can be purchased in the school office or at the door.

For questions, contact the school at 508-894-1220.
Transfer Station Thanksgiving Hours

The Transfer Station will follow different hours than usual during Thanksgiving.

Wed Nov. 22 7a - 12p
Thurs Nov. 23 CLOSED
Fri Nov. 24 CLOSED
Sat Nov. 25 7a - 4:30p

For question, contact the station at 508-894-1218.
Giving Tuesday - Old Bridgewater Historical Society

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society is celebrating Giving Tuesday by joining millions of people around the world participating in the global generosity movement on November 28th.

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society is a totally volunteer organization that exists to promote education and research relating to the original township of Bridgewater, its inhabitants, and its history by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting material, artifacts, and information pertaining to “Old Bridgewater”.

Those who are interested in contributing to the Society’s Giving Tuesday initiative can visit Old BW Historical Society's website. A donation of $10, $15, $25 or even a more generous $50, $100 or $250 donation will help to keep OBHS fully operational.
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WB Varsity Football vs. Amesbury: PLAYOFF GAME
November 10, 2023
Video Courtesy of WBCAM
WB Water Commissioners Meeting
November 6, 2023
Video Courtesy of WBCAM
South African Educators Hosted by The Rotary Club of The Bridgewaters!
On November 1st, Rotarian Janet Dye of the The Rotary Club of the Bridgewater's welcomed and hosted "Rotary Global Grant Vocational Training" team members Pierre Horn, Jacqueline Horn and Cheryl Taylor.

Pierre, Jacqueline, and Cheryl are part of the Family Literacy Project in Underberg KZN South Africa. This program brings in early childhood professionals to help further their education by engaging with researchers, and working with organizations as well as program staff who work in these fields. Early childhood professionals will learn strategies to support reading for English language learners, identifying methods that offer students resources and support systems, among other strategies and practices.

This project hopes to establish a regional resource center for early learning at the Family Literacy Project site. Local and South African partners in the Global Grant will "strengthen family literacy and early childhood education at the Family Literacy Center in the foothills of the Drakensburg Mountains." Pierre, Jacqueline, and Cheryl are meeting with Bridgewater State University to develop their relationship with BSU. May they enjoy their stay!

2nd Photo: J. Rose ( Includes Rotarian Francis Jefferies)
Source: Preparing the Future: Family Literacy in South Africa Email from Rotary of the Bridgewaters
Story written by Siara Morel Ortiz, Umass Boston BuzzAround Intern

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a 16 oz Village Candle of your choice
~ many scents to choose from (Value $18.99)
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Historical Tidbit Question:
When was the best time to ride the barge?

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