Chief Kenneth May Retires
Congratulations on the retirement of West Bridgewater Fire Department Chief Kenneth May. Senator Timilty presented a Senate Citation to Chief May marking this occasion. 

In 1988, Chief May joined the fire department as a call firefighter and, under former Chief Hunt's leadership, worked his way through the ranks from full-time firefighter to lieutenant to captain. In 2015, May became the department's deputy fire chief. Then, in 2017, he was appointed chief. 

Thank you for 33 years of dedicated service, Chief!
In photo, from left: West Bridgewater Police Chief Victor Flaherty, Retiring Fire Department Chief Kenneth May and State Senator Walter F. Timilty
Story and photo courtesy of State Senator Walter F. Timilty FB Page
Historical Tidbit:
Education in 1647 

Education for all was an early American ideal. As early as 1647, Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law mandating that all towns with more than 50 families set up a school. If a town didn't comply with the law, they were fined $5.00.

"That in whatsoever township in this government consist of 50 families or upwards. Where there
were families of 100 or more, Latin must be offered in Grammar School to prepare for the University. The town making a reasonable appropriation. The profits from the Cape Fisheries, hereto ordered to maintain a Grammar School, shall be distributed to such towns as to have such Grammar Schools, not exceeding 5 pounds per annum to any one town."
Respectfully Submitted
~ Sue Basile
Town Hall
  508-894-1200

WB Public Library
508-894-1255
 
Council on Aging
508-894-1262

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month 3 - 4p
Beginning April 7th, 2021, food pantry distribution with take place from 3:30 – 4:30 p
Proof of residency is the only requirement.
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB
Congratulations!
Kathryn Kelsch
45 minute horseback riding lesson
at Stonecroft Farm, WB
indoor or outdoor riding ring (value $55).

Play our
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Adult Poetry Workshop
Tuesday, April 13th
6:30p - 7:30p
At the West Bridgewater Library

Have you had enough of Zoom? Are you ready to do something fun in person? Hosted by WBPL's very own Miss Gail, this workshop was created with you in mind!
 
With an emphasis on having FUN, we will explore several different poetry starters that may eventually become a masterpiece poem (or not !!). Bring your sense of humor and a pen.

Space is limited so that we may practice safe social distancing, so sign up today!
Registration is required online or by calling the library at 508-894-1255
Get your Stories Ready!!!!

Let us know your good news! Submit your original non-fiction short story related to one of the BuzzAround Hives: Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater or Whitman.
Entries must be 1000 words or less.
We will accept submissions from May 1-7, 2021. (Details to follow)

Our super cool librarians will judge the stories and award a winner from each community.
$100 American Express Cards to the winner in each community; and $100 to the popular vote winner.
BuzzAround will give out $800 total.
 Get writing ; )

"Music Matters"
This virtual performance series is presented by Brockton Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy this performance by pianist Erik Lindgren!
Lions Club Second FB Auction
Great News!!

WB Lions will start our 2nd West Bridgewater Lions Club, Facebook Auction, April 15th. If you have or can get anything to donate for our auction, please text at 617-970-6731 to arrange for drop off or pick up!

2021 seed packets are in stock! Get yours Today!
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357

Mass Audubon Spring Vacation Virtual Natural Camps
April 19th - 21st
9a -12p
All children of the age 5 - 8 years are welcome!! Online

Would you like to learn about different types of birds and what makes them special? Or learn about the difference between bark, branches, stumps and twigs? Or learn how animals use trees, how humans use trees and what is being done to harm some trees. What makes a mammal different from a bird or an insect or a fish?

Join Mass Audubon for one, two or three days of different types of activities! From the comfort of your own home:

  • Mammals April 19, 2021 (Monday) 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Trees April 20, 2021 (Tuesday) 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Birds of Spring on April 21, 2021 (Wednesday) 9:00am-12:00pm

Members: $45.00 Nonmembers: $54.00
Instructions and Directions:
Please note that registration fee is per device. You will receive program link and materials list upon registration.

Click here to join Mammals Camp.
Click here to join the Trees Camp.
Click here to join the Birds of Spring Camp.

For more information please contact us at education@massaudubon.org.
 CASE Lab Week From BSU
Good News!!
Open Lab Week is back by popular demand! More than 1,100 participated in the Fall Open Lab Week, so we are hosting a spring version with new activities developed by CASE staff and BSU students. Hands on activities are geared towards children from preschool to grade 6 but can be done by all.  The virtual event will take place April 20 - April 23, 2021.  Registration for the virtual Open Lab Week is required.

A limited number of supply kits, for activities that require materials not readily found at home, will be available for contactless pick up.  Information about kit pick up will be provided when registering. Only one kit will be provided per household.  If you do not receive a kit, you can still participate in many activities that can be completed using common household items. We will also provide links to where supplies may be purchased.  
 
All activities will be online, and you can do them at any time. We suggest completing a few activities each day. We will miss seeing you on campus and invite you to submit pictures of your family working on activities or images of the products created. Platforms to post pictures are included within each activity page. We look forward to seeing you “in action.” 

Contact casebsu@bridgew.edu for any questions. 
Stonecroft Farm

Lessons * Boarding * Sales
* Indoor / Outdoor ring
Ride our safe, school horses. 
Lessons for ages 4 & up 
36 years experience
$55 / 45-min lesson

108 Belmont St, West Bridgewater
(508)245-3432

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First Church Yard Sale
Saturday, April 24th
8:00am - 2:00pm ( rain date Saturday, May 1st)
29 Howard Street

Tables are available by reservation for a $25.00 non-refundable deposit each. Deadline to reserve a table is Saturday, 17th.

You may call the church office at 508 587-3118 or email at firstchurchwb@juno.com to reserve a table or for any questions.

Please provide your name, address and phone number and advise if you are a vendor or seller.

All CDC guidelines for COVID will be followed. Masks will be required and tables will be 6 feet apart. This event will be held outdoors.

Welcome Back to School
Students from the West Bridgewater School District got a nice welcome from teachers and staff as they welcome students back to full time in-school learning.

Video Courtesy of WBTVPro
Buy a West Bridgewater Senior a Cookie!
Join us on a campaign to support MSHS senior of 2021 class in form of Treats!!

With school year ending, our goal is to fund happy memories for our West Bridgewater Seniors by delivering cookies to Senior Students at their comfort of their home by the Week of April 26th.

Recommended minimum donation is $5, which will provide a senior with one cookie. Feel free to donate more!

Cookies are baked by The Cookie Cuttery in Norton.
DEADLINE TO DONATE IS APRIL 21, 2021!!
Click here to contact us.
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
One hour of business or personal coaching (value $80) with
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 Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the fine if a town didn't comply with the law of setting up a school if it had more than 50 families?


Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

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On April 14, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
BuzzAround is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Ayman Quader & Jacquelyn Rose
Grounding Ourselves

...the practice of making oneself grounded: "to be based firmly on something"

When we are grounded, we have a firm understanding of our value as a human being. We know who we are as a person.

Sometimes this is considerably harder than one would hope, and I know I need to actively do things that ground me regularly, especially when faced with emotional challenges.

“it was when I stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole.” ~ Rupi Kaur

“In the vessel of your body, you yourself are the world tree, deep roots in the Earth and a crown of stars. Your essence bridges dimensions.” ~ Elizabeth Eiler

“Sacred rest is not just about sleeping or taking it easy. It consists of physical, emotional, and spiritual rest. The purpose is to promote a healthier mindset, attitudes, boundaries, relationships, productivity, and wellness as a whole person; body, mind, and spirit.”~ Dana Arcuri

"I thought I was grounded. I thought from my kinda blue-collar outlook on life that I would call myself a grounded person. I was not. I was like a balloon flying around in the air. And as soon as our first child was born, boom - my feet came right down to the ground." ~John Prine
"It is not from others that we find our worth, although the mirror and energy does help when it is positive.
No, we have to know ourselves well enough to reach for food to feed our roots; our buried inner core self; and strengthen those roots because some days... the wind blows and the sleet hits our leaves and branches, and we need to be firmly planted to weather the storm." ~ Jacquie

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