February 6, 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. 
Pajama Drive with the Bridgewater Public Library

From February 1 through March 31, Cradles to Crayons, the Boston Bruins, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and Bridgewater Public Library are coming together to collect new pajamas for local children living in low-income and homeless situations. By supporting us with a PJ Drive, you will directly supply new pajamas to the children who need them most so they can stay warm while sleeping.

They are looking for donations of brand new pajamas, appropriate for all seasons, from sizes 2T through adult medium. Please do not give pajamas that include any family or holiday references.

The most needed sizes are:
Girls: 5/6 (child S), 7/8 (child M), 14/16 (child XL/adult S), 18/20 (child XXL/adult M)
Boys: 7/8 (child M), 14/16 (child XL/adult S), 18/20 (child XXL/adult M)

Drop off at the library during open hours. For more information, visit the library's website!
Historical Tidbit:
The seat of government for the Town of Bridgewater was in what we now know as West Bridgewater for the first 200 years. Following the establishment in the 1830's, of the four new towns of East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Brockton and Bridgewater, we needed a place to meet. 

History does not tell us why this building was privately built, but it served as our first town hall on the site of the present New Jerusalem Church for about 10 years. In 1843, our present town hall was erected and this building faded into history. 

The building was used briefly for a few years, in the 1840's, as the first home of Bridgewater State College. In the early 1870's the building was moved or disassembled and replaced with the present New Jerusalem Church.
Respectfully submitted,
David Moore
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
Services available through phone, email & website only
 
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
Congratulations!
Eileen Sears
won a $20 gift
certificate to
from independent consultant
Katie Ray.

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
three private voice or piano lessons for
ages 5 to adults ($100 value) at
Origami with Jenny
Virtual Program
Wednesday, February 9
10:30 - 11:00a
online
Join Jenny, with the Bridgewater Public Library, for a special Valentine's Day program!

This event will be showing on the Bridgewater Public Library YouTube page.
Brockton Symphony Orchestra Joins the BSC for Valentine's Day: The Waltzing Accordion

Monday, February 14th
1p
Bridgewater Senior Center
Join the Brockton Symphony Orchestra's accordion player Emilian Badea and friends for a special Valentine's Day performance!

For more information on this event and more held by the Bridgewater Senior Center, visit the website or their February newsletter!
Children’s Program at the Bridgewater Public Library
Fridays in February: The Learning Tree: A Caregiver & Child Literacy program with Miss Nicole
9:30 OR 11a
The Learning Tree program is designed for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers to support early literacy and school readiness skills. Miss Nicole provides in-person literacy groups and provides wonderful stories, music, and educational activities that support language, literacy, cognitive, and social emotional development. ASQ information, parent resources, and support will also be shared with families. Families must register for these multi-week programs as there are very limited spots available. To register call: Nancy 508-822-5388 Ext. 208.
BSC First Supper Club!
Wed, February 15th
1p
Bridgewater Senior Center

Join the Bridgewater Senior Center with their volunteer Bistro chef Regina for the very first Supper Club! Regina will lead you through creating a delicious, simple meal to take home and enjoy right away or freeze for later!

Sign up is required for this event as the class size is limited to 6 people, and cost of attendance is $5. Please call 508-697-0929 to sign up. Be sure to check out the Senior Center's monthly newsletter for new events like this one!
Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Listening Session
Thursday, February 10th
5:30p
Virtual Meeting*

Join the Economic Development Committee in discussing potential updates to be made to the now outdated 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan. In this public listening session, discussion will be held concerning public safety for a resilient Bridgewater community. Have your voice heard and protect your community!

*Zoom Meeting ID: 822 8500 1411
Passcode: 02324

Can't make it to the meeting? That's okay! Take the online survey to participate in the discussion. For more information, visit the Old Colony Planning Council website, or contact the Community & Economic Development Department at CED@bridgewaterma.org or
508-697-0950.
In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of Title IX - Unrecognized and Still Swinging: Women’s Athletics, 1890s-1972
Reception Opening: Thursday, February 10th
4 - 6p
Maxwell Library, 2nd + 3rd floor
Bridgewater State University
Exhibit Dates:
January 31 - March 31

Join Maxwell Library in honoring the anniversary of Title IX with an exhibit honoring the history of women's athletics from the 1890's-1972.

From Bloomer Girls to professional baseball players, the history of women in sport before the landmark 1972 Title IX ruling fifty years ago has largely been left out of history and forgotten. Despite societal pressures to maintain their femininity at all costs, women athletes competed at high levels in numerous sports. From local to national, this exhibit highlights the forgotten history of women athletes and their struggles which are still being fought today.

Contact Orson Kingsley, Head of Archives and Special Collections, Maxwell Library at okingsley@bridgew.edu with any questions.
Bristol - Plymouth Regional Technical School, as it stands, was opened in 1972. Multiple repairs are required, including, new HVAC systems, new roof, new windows, steel upgrades, ADA upgrades, and plumbing repairs. These repairs are likely to cost the district millions of dollars without any educational upgrades or additional square footage.

Considering the costly upgrades and insufficient equipment/space available at the current school, a new school has been proposed. For further information on different proposed plans and a breakdown of the current conditions of the school, visit the link below.
Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School MSBA Project

To voice your opinions, comments, and concerns, attend the upcoming School Committee meetings or speak directly with a B-P School Committee member!

Read more
www.bptech.org
Did you know, we have a great selection of birthday and event cards?
Don't forget to show love and appreciation for those around you!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Free Mediation Services
Experiencing conflict? The Greater Brockton Center for Dispute Resolutions is here to assist with your disputes. They specialize in family, neighborhood, and consumer disputes among others, and they are happy to provide confidential, FREE face-to-face mediation to help.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of such services, contact the GBCDR today at mediators@gbcdr.org or 508-897-2868, or visit their website for more information!
Bridgewater- Raynham Spring Sports Registration Time
Registration open now and will CLOSE at midnight Monday, March 14th.
SPORTS OCCURRING DURING SPRING:
Baseball, Softball, Boys & Girls Outdoor Track
Boys & Girls Lacrosse, Boys & Girls Tennis
Per MA State Guideline, student-athletes can only participate in 1 sport per season.
The schedule for all 48 BR High School teams can be found HERE.
Zoning Recodification Workshop
February 16
5:30p
Zoom
The Planning Board and Community & Economic Development Committee will be participating in a workshop on the draft zoning update. All working documents relevant to this workshop can be found here.

Please note this is a workshop for the Board and Committee members only, and not a public hearing. The public is welcome to join and observe, but there will be no public input or comment during the session.

Contact the Community & Economic Development Department with any questions by emailing CED@bridgewaterma.org or calling (508) 697-0950.

Nomination Papers Now Available!
The Town of Bridgewater is currently seeking candidates for the following positions:

Bridgewater-Raynham Regional District School Committee (Bridgewater) - 3-year term
Bridgewater-Raynham Regional District School Committee (Raynham) - 3-year term
Trustees of Public Library - 3-year term

To view positions accepting candidates, and candidates who have taken out papers thus far, click here.

Absentee ballots are available for the Special Election and the newsflash can be found here.
To view information on the proposed new BP school, click here.
The deadline to register to vote for the March 5th Special Election is Feb 11th.
Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights is looking for members.
BCCR is a social justice organization committed to initiating and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in the community, and they are currently welcoming new members!

The 4 pillars of the organization include the following: Education, Mobilization, Creating Networks, and Influencing All Levels of Government.

For more information, visit their website or Facebook page, or contact them here!
Looking for Brockton High Alumni!
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2022
The Brockton High School Alumni Association will honor 3 outstanding BHS graduates this year! 3 different awards are available for nomination submissions, and they are as follows:
Alumni Achievement: Presented to BHS alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions made in their own particular fields of professional or personal work, or for the betterment of humanity
Alumni Service: Presented to BHS alumni who have contributed to the betterment of Brockton High School and the Brockton community
Young Alumni: Presented to BHS alumni within 10 years of graduation who are making outstanding contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and career reflect favorably on Brockton High School.
Nominations may be submitted by current and former students, teachers, staff and friends of Brockton High School. To complete the nomination form, click here!
Find YOUR Bliss with
BLISS THROUGH YOGA!
In Person classes at The She Shed, every Saturday at
9 am!

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. 

(508) 331-3564
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Transfer Station Stickers
1-year sticker: $30
2-year sticker: $50
Additional stickers: $10 (same household)
1 day pass: $5
Senior (Over 65) 1-year sticker: $15
Stickers must be affixed to driver's side back window of vehicle. No hazardous waste, brush or leaves accepted.
Please Note: Prices are subject to change without notice! For more information: Transfer Station, Health Department 508-697-0903.
Rotarians Putting in the Work

Rotarians from the Bridgewaters had a great day putting together "move-in" bags for individuals in the area in need, as they settle into new apartments.

WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
three private voice or piano lessons for
ages 5 to adults ($100 value) at

Historical Tidbit Question:
In what year was the present town hall built?

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.

On February 9, 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, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Here's to Winter

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass

“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” ~ Yoko Ono

“Winter is not a season, it's an occupation.”
~ Sinclair Lewis

“I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter's evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream... I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people's tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting.” ~ Mark Twain
We've had the full winter experience now, a nor'easter and snow to our waist. Glistening snowflakes and cold, wet discomfort. Is it possible to love and hate something so much at the same time? This, too, shall pass. And then I will miss it.
~ Jacquie
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