Revitalizing the Heart of Bridgewater: Vision to Reality Project
Imagine a downtown that buzzes with activity, where historic charm meets modern convenience, and everyone feels connected. Well, this is the exciting vision for the heart of Bridgewater, as the Vision to Reality project works to make this transformation happen.
The Vision to Reality project is underway, aiming to breathe new life into our town's core. This initiative tackles key challenges, like car-centric streets and limited housing options, while preserving the area's unique character.
How this benefits you:
  • More vibrant spaces: Picture lively plazas, pedestrian-friendly walkways, and inviting green areas.
  • Thriving businesses: Expect a mix of shops, restaurants, and services catering to residents and visitors.
  • Improved connections: Seamless travel between neighborhoods, the commuter rail station, and downtown will be a breeze.
  • Housing options: Apartments, condos, and townhouses could bring a diverse community closer to the action.
The community is crucial in shaping the future of downtown, so join a workshop, sign up for updates, and spread the word: Talk to your neighbors, friends, and family about this exciting initiative.

Video Courtesy of Vision to Reality Youtube channel.
Source & Photo Credit: bridgewatermavisiontoreality.com
Story by Kendall Fletcher, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Historical Tidbit:
The Bridgewater Society of the New Jerusalem Church 

This structure was built in 1834 as the first house of worship for the Society of the New Jerusalem Church in New England. otherwize known as Swedenborgianism. It was also the first house of worship for Methodists in Bridgewater, hosting their services from 1874 to 1914.

The church was dedicated in June of 1834, and its first minister was Samuel Worcester. In 1871 the current New Jerusalem Church at the corner of Bedford and School Streets was completed, and so the Cedar Street church was eventually rented to the Methodist Episcopal Church for $5 per week.
The old Swedenborgian church was purchased by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1879 and dedicated July 15, 1880. Improvements were made to the church in 1907, including the construction of a large basement vestry and the installation of electricity.

The building is now rented from the Methodists by the Cedar Street Community Center who have invested to make accessibility improvements and engage the community with activities.

Source & Photo Credit: Massachussetts Historical Commission
Written by Jennifer Hernández, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
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Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
 
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

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
@ St Thomas Aquinas Church
103 Center St
2 x month 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
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Michelle Sawtelle
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Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman


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

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Knit-in for Scholarships
American Association of University Women Taunton Area Branch

Sat, Feb 10
10a-2p
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South St

Knitters and crocheters from all walks of life, regardless of skill level, are invited to join a community initiative working to craft for those in need. Volunteers will participate in creating 7 X 9-inch blocks that will be assembled into colorful afghans and donated to a local charity.

To join, a $10 donation will be required. Individuals are also encouraged to bring size seven needles or J/K crochet hooks and acrylic yarn (worsted). Though supplies will be readily available. Light refreshments will be served during the knit-in.

This fundraiser supports local college scholarships and aligns with AAUW's mission to advance gender equity and economic security through education and advocacy.

For more information, please visit www.aauw.org.
Source Credit: Mary O'Connell, Public Information Chair
Join the Solar Eclipse Chaser Program with RaynWater STEAM!

Calling all kid scientists in grades 3-8! Join the exciting world of astronomy as a Solar Eclipse Chaser with RaynWater STEAM. This opportunity is open to all children passionate about science, offering a hands-on learning experience through the wonder of solar eclipses. With only 50 spots available, don't miss your chance to be part of this program.

Participants will join three exciting sessions, watch the solar eclipse together on April 8, 2024, and receive a certificate and commemorative gifts like eclipse glasses, a special pinhole viewer, and a magnet/keychain.

Program Schedule:
  • Kick-Off Session: Mon, Feb 12, 6:30-8:00p at Bridgewater Middle School
  • Outdoor Observation: Sat, Mar 9, 1:00-2:30p at Raynham Middle School (Outdoor event; backup date in case of bad weather: March 16)
  • Pre-Eclipse Meeting: Thurs, Mar 28 6:30-8:00p at BR High School
  • Solar Eclipse Watch Party: Mon, Apr 8 Timing varies; BRRSD event from 2:45-4:00p

This program is offered free of charge. However, a suggested donation of $10 per child would greatly assist in funding the awards and materials provided. For more info and to secure a spot, visit the RaynWater STEAM website.
Disability Commission Meeting
January 30, 2024
Video Courtesy of The Town of Bridgewater
Historical Commission Meeting
January 30, 2024
Video Courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Art Class with Melissa
Wed, Feb 14 
2-3p
BW Public Library
15 South St

Join Melissa at Beeble Art Center for an engaging art program open to all skill levels, perfect for children aged 6 and up. All materials are provided, ensuring a creative and fun experience for everyone. Please note that registration is mandatory due to limited space. Mark your calendars - registration begins on Wednesday, January 31, at 9:00 AM. For more information, please visit the Bridgewater Public Library website
Golfing For Good 
Sun, Feb 11
10a-12p 
925 Bedford St
Unit 3 

Attention golf enthusiasts and supporters of cancer research! Join us for an indoor golf event perfect for those looking to improve their golf skills while staying warm during the colder months. The indoor golf costs $27 per person. All skill levels are welcome! Admission includes play time, light refreshments, and an automatic entry into a door prize raffle.

Show your support for a charity that is near and dear to many. Don't miss this opportunity to golf for a good cause! Pre-registration required to attend.
For more information and to secure your spot, visit Eventbrite: Golfing for Good Jimmy Fund Benefit.
BSU Women's Basketball Dominates Alumni Day Celebration! 🎉
Undefeated in MASCAC! Jan 27, 2024

The Bridgewater State University women's basketball team showcased an outstanding performance on its annual Alumni Day, celebrating in style with a remarkable victory over Salem State University. The Bears maintained their undefeated record in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) with a convincing 100-70 win.
Video Courtesy of BTV Access Corporation
Climate Can Do: Updating Massachusetts' Bottle Bill for a Greener Future

In 1983, Massachusetts launched the Bottle Bill, encouraging recycling with a $0.05 deposit on soda and beer containers. It worked well, cutting litter and boosting aluminum, plastic, and glass recycling. But times have changed, and this old bottle bill needs a modern makeover.

Two new bills are now before the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy and aim to refresh the Massachusetts Bottle Bill, addressing the challenges posed by today's beverage consumption habits and recycling issues.

The Proposed Expansion

Bill H.3676: An Act to Update the Bottle Bill. This bill seeks to modernize the Bottle Bill to meet current needs. 

Bill H.3690/SB2104: An Act to Expand the Bottle Bill. This bill aims to broaden the Bottle Bill's coverage to include any drinkable liquid intended for human consumption. 

Expanding the Bottle Bill aligns with today's beverage choices. The original law covered soft drinks, mineral water, beer, and malt beverages—products of a bygone era. Today, our options include bottled water, flavored waters, coffee-based drinks, juices, and sports drinks, which the outdated bill doesn't include. This gap has led to more litter and waste.

Updating the definition of "beverages" in the Bottle Bill removes this confusion. It's simple: water, flavored waters, iced teas, coffee-based drinks, and sports drinks should now have a $0.05 deposit. This expansion is expected to generate about $20 million in new revenue, with $5 million going to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). EEA will use these funds for various initiatives, such as municipal recycling incentives, recycling transfer stations, source reduction, and public education.

How To Support The Bottle Bill Expansion

To bring about this change, contact your elected officials and let them know you want to see Massachusetts' Bottle Bill improved by House Bill 3676 and House Bill 3690/SB2104. The Conservative Law Foundation has made it even easier to reach out with a prewritten letter available for the public’s use here.

Your actions can help Massachusetts move towards a cleaner, more sustainable future. Join the movement and be part of positive change!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Jamie Puhi, and focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do it!
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Deadline to Register to Vote for the March 5th Presidential Primary Election
Sat, Feb 24
9a-5p 
66 Central Square

As the Presidential Primary Election on March 5th draws near, we urge all eligible Bridgewater, MA, residents to ensure they are registered to vote.  The deadline to register to vote is on Februrary 24.
To register, you must be
  • a United States Citizen
  • a resident of Massachusetts
  • at least 18 years old on or before February 24th.
If you have a Massachusetts Driver’s License, you can submit your registration online at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com.

For further information, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-697-0921.
Bridgewater
Community Dance
Feb 16, Mar 1, Mar 15
7-9p
Bridgewater Senior Center 
10 Wally Krueger Way

Bridgewater Community Dance invites all to dance! Held on the first and third Fridays of each month through June, promising a lively mix of mixers, international folk dance, squares, and contra. Suitable for ages 10 and up, the dances promise not only traditional rhythms but also a vibrant sense of community and fun. Admission is $8 ($5 for youth), but savvy dancers can save $24 by signing up for the twelve-dance series at $72. Don't forget to bring a water bottle! For more information, contact Sam at 774-208-2933

Source & Photo Credit: Bridgewater Community Dance FB
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Need Help with Your Small Business? FREE Small Business Workshop
 on Optimizing your Google Business Profile & Website
Wed, Feb 14 
12-1:30p
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South St

This event is presented by the Town of Bridgewater's Community & Economic Development and sponsored by Rockland Trust Bank, led by Mark Collins of On Web Local. Attendees will learn how to optimize their Google Business Profile and website, including adding products and services, best practices for image and video uploads, and using Google posts for retention marketing and new customers. The session will also cover how website content drives Google page visibility in search and the importance of accurate categories.

For more information, email Nicole Salvo at nsalvo@bridgewaterma.org to schedule a meeting with the Office of Community & Economic Development to discuss your business needs and concerns! 
4th Friday Coffee!

4th Fridays in Feb & Mar
10a
Bridgewater Senior Center 
10 Wally Kruger Way

Join the Town of Bridgewater's Community & Economic Development team for a free monthly networking event called Let's Talk: Vision to Reality. The event is open to the public. Attendees can enjoy coffee, bagels, and conversations.

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Country Dance Tickets on Sale
Folk * Circles * Contra * Squares

March 9, 2024

Social & Nibbles 5:30-6:30pm  
Dancing 6:30 – 9 pm. $17 ~ only 34 tickets left!

Cedar St Community Center
15 Cedar St, Bridgewater, MA

Featuring live Music By Eloise & Company

No partners or experience necessary, come ready to dance!
Instructed & called by Sam Baumgarten

Soulful Girls Club Shines at Cedar Street Community Center

The Soulful Girls Club (SGC) recently took place at the Cedar Street Community Center and it was a big success! Thanks to the fantastic girls and volunteers who attended, the event was filled with lots of connections, creativity, and fun.

The SGC is a free meet-up program for teenage girls with intellectual and developmental differences. The program meets monthly, providing a safe and inclusive environment. The club offers a variety of activities for girls with varying interests and abilities, allowing them to develop meaningful connections with peers and discover their place in the community.

Participants can be fully and unapologetically themselves, embracing their uniqueness, exploring their interests, having fun, and building lifelong friendships with peers and mentors. The club provides a safe and inclusive space with a dedicated team of compassionate volunteers, including moms, nurses, and teachers. Healthy snacks are provided, and participants can build lifelong friendships with peers and their families.

The SGC also offers a supportive network for parents and caregivers, providing a safe space for girls to grow and share experiences. The club culminates the season with the annual Soulful Girls Club Formal Ball, a magical evening for girls to dress up and dance the night away.

If you know a teen girl who would benefit from joining our community, please share this information with their family. The goal is to continue to provide a safe and supportive environment for these girls to thrive.

For more information, please visit The Soul Project Website.

Source & Photo Credit: The Soul Project FB
Written by Jennifer Hernández, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a $25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
The New Jerusalem Church was first dedicated in what month of 1834?

Email us your answer at: 
Please include your name and phone number with your answer.
By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On February 7, 2024, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jennifer Hernández, Jen Bellody, Kendall Fletcher, Erin Payne, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Hot Chocolate warms the heart... share some with a friend
... or someone you want to be a friend.

Chocolate's healing properties are well known. The darker, the better. Warmed and rich. And when I am mindful of the source, I can enjoy knowing it isn't at the expense of children, farmers or our planet. 

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt." ~ Charles M. Schulz

"You just need a little perspective. Warmed chocolate can give you that.” ~Giada De Laurentiis

"Research tells us fourteen out of any ten individuals likes chocolate." ~ Sandra Boynton

“Because the best gift in life, is just having someone to drink hot chocolate with.”
~Tessa Shaffer, Heaven Has No Regrets

My solution for dreary days ~ a snuggle with a good book and hot chocolate! 
To check on your source: ask at your local chocolatier for Fair Trade Chocolate. Equal Exchange in WB has cocoa mix. 

Enjoy ~ Jacquie
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