August 7, 2022 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time

Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings,
is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
Bridgewater State University Observatory

The Bridgewater State University Observatory is dedicated to educating its students and the public in astronomy. Currently, the observatory is closed to the public with occasional exceptions. It is still open every night for undergraduate research and workshops for K-12 students and their families. Workshops are 30-to-45-minute-long hands-on, stimulating activities. They include classes on aliens, nuclear fusion, and UFO investigators.

In normal times, the observatory holds public viewing nights, where people from all ages are welcome to visit the observatory. Here, they can use the observatory’s telescopes for free. About a dozen telescopes can be run at once, some of which are found on their patio decks. Stacy Bouffard Rancourt, a local resident, visited the observatory recently and “especially enjoyed looking through the telescopes on the two decks and seeing two very different views of the sky.” The observatory uses 8-inch apertures to view stars, galaxies, planets, and nebulae. The staff can show you where to find these, as well as answer any questions you have. Indeed, Stacy also “enjoyed listening to the explanations by the staff. "They were all very knowledgeable.”

In addition to providing services for the public, the BSU Observatory is a hub of undergraduate research. The BSU Experimental Astrophysics Research team, or BEAR, is a group of students that conduct their research in this observatory. They use the equipment in the observatory to collect data before they participate in data analysis and research projects. These projects consist of topics such as exoplanet candidates, which are planets discovered by a telescope but not yet confirmed to exist, asteroids and variable stars, the latter of which are stars whose brightness as seen from Earth fluctuates, and kuiper belt objects, which are rocks, ice, comets and dwarf planets in a disc in the outer solar system, among other topics. 

The BSU Observatory hopes to hold public viewing nights once again by late September. For more information on the observatory, call 508-531-3275 or visit their Facebook Page

Story credit: Rohail Spear
BuzzAround Writing Intern, Franklin & Marshall College
Image credit: Stacy Bouffard Rancourt
Historical Tidbit:
Neighborhood Businesses
1930's Ice Box
As towns grew it became profitable to open shops in neighborhoods to fill local needs. People were spreading out from the center of town before the time when every household had a car. These shops had ethnic flavor depending on what immigrants settled locally. The shop would have foods culturally common to those who lived near it. Many of these shops had refrigerated coolers and offered butcher shops and specialty cuts of meats. This is where a person would find linguiça from Portugal, potatiskorv from Sweden, and bratwurst from Germany.
Before World War II, not every home had a refrigerator. Frozen foods were not as common as today and purchasing a supply of fresh meat for a week did not keep well in an "ice box". Some folks still had ice boxes up until the 1950s. I can remember the ice man delivering to the house across the street from my home on Main Street.
Respectfully Submitted, David Moore
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Services available through phone, email & website only
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p
Nancy Ford White
won a free 1.5 hour class at

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
Lunch is on us! Win a $10 gift certificate to Lady CJ Soulfood & Catering.
African Dance Workshop
in the Park-
August 10 & 17 5p
Stanley Iron Works Park
93 High St

Sponsored by
Henna with Mandy

Thu, August 11
12 - 2p
Flora T. Little Meeting Room
This program is for ages 6+. No registration, first come, first served. Mandy Roberge, of Wicked Good Henna, will be visiting the library to create her henna designs. Visit us and have Mandy adorn your skin with a beautiful henna tattoo! The henna paste is applied artfully to the skin in breathtaking designs.

August Senior Events

Every Friday
Line Dancing

Saturday, August 13th
Dress a Girl (outside)

Every Tuesday
Bowling (Offiste)

FT or PT Drivers Needed
Retirees and Others - call or stop by
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Yard games at the Library!
Check out the yard games from the library of things at anytime. Place a hold or drop in to see what is available. Time to get outside and get active!

Click Here to see what is available
Free Breakfast and Lunch for Students

School Breakfast and Lunch are available at no cost to all students in Massachusetts this coming school year (2022-2023)! This includes all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.

Check out for more information.
Toilet Paper...
Yes, Toilet Paper
  • In an average household, the average roll of toilet paper lasts approximately five days.
  • We use an average of 57 sheets of toilet paper a day!
  • It takes about 384 trees to make the toilet paper that one person uses within their lifetime.
  • The average person uses 100 rolls of toilet paper per year (over 20,000 sheets).
  • Toilet paper was first patented in Albany, NY (
"Respiration is the process by which a tree takes in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. The amount of carbon dioxide a tree can hold is called carbon sequestration. They sequester this carbon dioxide by storing it in their trunks, branches, leaves and roots; the best trees for carbon dioxide absorption will have large trunks and dense wood." (
The more trees we have, the better our air quality.
Since the large trees do not grow as quickly as we use them, switching to toilet paper made of recycled paper or bamboo is a sustainable choice. (Since I know I won't be planting 384 trees to replace the ones I use.)
Bamboo grows very fast and is a great substitute. Plus you are supporting smaller companies with innovative practices.
Also, while you are looking at toilet paper companies, it's a good time to check out paper towel pricing as well, some companies provide both. This Climate Can-Do is written by J. Rose
Last Week Music Alley

Great memories from last week's show featuring Sam Robbins and Lainey Dionne (musician). The talent and musical craftsmanship on display on our stage last week was nothing short of amazing.

Massachusetts Cultural Sector Recovery Grants

The Mass Cultural Council is offering a historic level of funding through grants to both individuals and local Massachusetts organizations.

These unrestricted, one-time grants are open to creatives, gig workers, cultural organizations, collectives, and businesses impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications open on August 8th for businesses and August 15th for individuals.

For more information, check out the Mass Cultural Council webpage.
Find YOUR Bliss with
Try a Blissful class this Summer.
Register Today!

Svaroopa yoga excels at releasing the deep tension in your body. While the benefits of this style of yoga are profound, it is very easy to do. We use the alignment of the body, rather than a lot of effort, along with blankets for propping to make the poses accessible, supportive and effective.

516 N. Bedford St, East Bridgewater
(508) 331-3564

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Metro South Chamber's Engaging Workshop:
Social Media Jeopardy
For Small Businesses & Anyone Who Wants to Learn
Thursday, August 18th
12 - 1:30p
In-person at Metro South Chamber
60 School Street, Brockton and over Zoom

Join us for a game of Social Media Marketing Jeopardy! We will have topics centered around:
1.  Google 2.  SEO (Search Engine Optimization) 3.  Social Networks 4.  Video, Video, Video 5.  Advertising 6.  Marketing 101
Discussion will follow each answer. We have prizes! This hybrid workshop will take place in-person at the Metro South Chamber of Commerce; 60 School Street, Brockton and over Zoom with Marketing Consultant, Tricia White, T. White Creations.

Shark Week Story Time

Where are the cool kids?
At the Bridgewater Public Library, of course!
Today our fabulous little friends joined our new Children's Librarian Ms. Apryl to celebrate Shark Week. Stories, songs, games and crafts were the fun of the day.
Please visit the Bridgewater Public Library ( website to learn about upcoming activities. There is something for everyone! #welovethelibrary
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
Lunch is on us! Win a $10 gift certificate to Lady CJ Soulfood & Catering.

Historical Tidbit Question:
What did these shops offer?

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On August 10, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Olivia Machakos, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Rohail Spear & Greg Venezia.

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
~ Viktor E. Frankl

"The biggest lie about getting older is that excitement and growth end with youth."
~ MO

"In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction."
~ Audre Lorde

"Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself." ~ Julia Cameron
Very gentile, indeed.
Days go by and I wonder: "What did I learn?" "What did I get right?"
Sometimes I never know, it all seems like mashed potatoes.
And sometimes I have fun, feel appreciated & loved and the checkbook looks ok. Those days, I reflect, I think I figured it out.
How did I do that? I wonder... maybe I can replicate it.

Enjoy your growth : )
~ Jacquie
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